View from the window of New Shepard, during a test flight | Photo courtesy Blue Origin
Blue Origin will broadcast the live auction for the very first seat on New Shepard on Saturday, June 12th, on BlueOrigin.com.
The winning bidder will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20th and will join Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos, and his brother Mark. The launch will take place at Blue Origin’s facility just north of Van Horn, 120 miles east of El Paso.
Officials with the private space launch company sat the webcast will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT / 10:45 MDT
After a month-long process with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries – the current high bid stands at $3.5 million.
Anyone interested in bidding in the live auction must register by June 10th. Registration details can be found at BlueOrigin.com.
Company officials say the winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.
The name of the auction winner will be released in the weeks following the auction’s conclusion.