Crack Open the Piggy Banks Blue Origin to Charge 200K For Space

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System You can do anything you put your mind to. Except afford a trip to space on Jeff Bezos’s rocket.Blue Origin will reportedly charge passengers $200,000 to $300,000 for a seat on one of its first cosmic forays next year.As outrageous as that price tag sounds (especially to a lowly journalist like me), it’s about par for the spaceflight course, according to Reuters. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is charging $250,000 per voyage ticket—of which about 650 have already been sold.Today’s reveal, courtesy of “two people familiar with [Blue Origin’s] plans,” comes after founder Bezos in May said ticket prices had not yet been decided.After more than a decade of quiet ambition, Blue Origin hit the ground running in 2015 by testing its suborbital crewed vehicle, New Shepard. In April, the company successfully completed the eighth launch of its reusable rocket.The New Shepard (named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space) is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles above Earth, into suborbital space.Unlike rival SpaceX—which Elon Musk intends to eventually carry customers to Mars—Bezos’s private space firm is currently focused blasting folks out of the atmosphere for a weightless romp, before returning to Earth.Executives at the company, started by Amazon founder Bezos in 2000, recently announced plans for upcoming passenger test flights on the New Shepard; Blue Origin hopes to start selling tickets in 2019.The orbital-class New Glenn rocket is expected to launch by 2020.The Washington-based aerospace manufacturer did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The sky is the limit for Bezos, who has set his sights beyond Earth’s orbit and onto the Moon.Ideally, he would strike public-private partnerships with the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency. But failing that, Bezos will “do what needs to be done to make it so,” he told GeekWire in May.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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