Jeff Bezos plans to charge passengers $200,000 to $300,000 for a space trip with its Blue Origin rocket company. He hopes to sell tickets next year.
Two people familiar with Bezos’ plans told Reuters about the prices that will be as high as the trip itself.
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Blue Origin, an independent company focused on space tourism. The company plan to start test flights for the company’s New Shepard space vehicle with passengers soon and sell tickets next year.
Blue Origin’s testing has included eight test launches and returns of the New Shepard so far.
Engineers have designed the New Shepard to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space. At this altitude, passengers will be able to experience the weightlessness. Through the capsule’s large windows, they will also enjoy the sights of going to the edge of space and see the curvature of Earth.
However, tourists will enjoy this for only a few minutes before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is also on the same line with Blue Origin. According to Reuters, they have already sold about 650 tickets with a price of $250,000 per ticket.
But there is also Elon Musk’s SpaceX with even higher ambitions. He wants to enable people to live on other planets. They are currently working on a mission to send humans to Mars.
Thumbnail image: Blue Origin.