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Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin has sold $100M worth of space tickets




Jeff Bezos speaks with microphone about his space flight on Blue Origin's New Shepard during a press conference.


Jeff
Bezos speaks about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into
space during a press conference on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn,
Texas.

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Jeff Bezos said Blue Origin had sold almost $100 million worth of
tickets for future tourist trips to space.

The
former Amazon boss
on Tuesday became
the second billionaire to reach the edge of space
, traveling
aboard a
New Shepard rocket
built by
Blue Origin
, the spaceflight company he founded in 2000.

Blue Origin officially
opened ticket sales
in the morning before Bezos’ flight, and
in his post-flight press
conference
, Bezos said the company was “approaching $100
million in private sales already.”

It’s not clear if the company sold any private tickets before it
officially opened sales on Tuesday. Insider contacted Blue Origin
for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

“The demand is very, very high,” Bezos said. “So we’re going to
keep after that, because we really do want to practice with this
vehicle.

“We’re going to have to build more boosters to fly more
frequently, and we’re going to be doing that and working on the
operational things we need to do,” Bezos told reporters.


Bezos and Blue Origin didn’t disclose seat prices for the
journey, which travels 62 miles above the Earth’s surface.

A seat next to Bezos on New Shepard went for
$28 million in the company’s auction
in June. The winner
pulled out due to “scheduling conflicts,” and
Oliver Daeman
, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands who also
placed a bid, took the seat instead. He was Blue Origin’s first
paying customer.

Virgin Galactic’s
ticket to the edge of space costs $250,000
, and includes a
spacesuit. Company founder
Richard Branson reached space before Bezos
on July 11 for
Virgin’s first crewed mission in its VSS Unity space plane.

Initially, Blue Origin wants to fly New Shepard between 25 and
100 times, Bezos said in the press briefing. Once the rocket can
perform 100 flights, the company will increase its goal, he
added.

Blue Origin wants to fly the New Shepard rocket twice more this
year, Bezos told the media.

“We’re going to build a road to space so that their kids and our
kids can build the future … We need to do that to solve the
problems here on earth,” he said.



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