Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin Reportedly Plans to Charge $200,000 For Space Trip

Blue Origin, an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company, founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000 is all set to take you on a space trip. Blue Origin will charge from from you about $200,000 to $300,000. for its first trips into space next year, according to Reuters.

Last month Executives at the company told at a business conference that they planned to test flights with passengers on the New Shepard soon, and to start selling tickets next year.

New Shepard made it’s first test flight on April 29, 2015, It flew to its planned test altitude of more than 93.5 km (307,000 ft). The New Shepard is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space, from where you can see the see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes. The Blue Origin capsule has a six observation windows.

If we talk about launch vehicle, Blue Origin partnered with Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop a pusher launch escape system for the New Shepard suborbital Crew Capsule. Blue Origin is also developing New Glenn which is a 7-metre (23 ft)-diameter two or three stage orbital launch vehicle. New Glenn is expected to launch prior to 2020. Blue Origin is also working on a Orbital launch vehicle which is a is two-stage-to-orbit liquid-propellant rocket.

Blue Origin will do the first taste of the capsule escape system within a weeks. Company has completed about eight flights of the vertical take-off and landing New Shepard from its launch pad in Texas. According to a Blue Origin employee, company will start selling tickets in the range of about $200,000 to $300,000.

Blue Origin indicated that the first orbital launch was expected, from the Florida launch facility in 2020. Blue Origin has a services company headquartered in Kent, Washington. Sources said Blue’s first passengers are likely to include its own employees, though the company has not selected them yet.

Blue Origin has competition from Elon Musk’s – SpaceX‘s , Richard Branson’s – Virgin Galactic and other private space exploration companies like Orbital Sciences, Bigelow Aerospace and SpaceDev.

By July 2014, Jeff Bezos had invested over US$500 million into Blue Origin, Bezos noted that now he is devoting some $1 billion a year to Blue Origin, funds the he described as coming from Amazon’s sky-high stock price.

Blue Origin employees grew from about 30,000 employees to nearly 600,000 in just a few years. Bezos made the revelation about his space exploration plans during a discussion he led at Allen & Co.’s annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Blue Origin has also contracted to do work for NASA , company was awarded US$3.7 million in funding in 2009.

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