On June 12, 2021, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space company ‘Blue Origin’ concluded the online auction for the first seat on New Shepard rocket system.
It is a rocket system meant to take tourist to space.
Over 7,600 people registered from 159 countries to bid for this seat, which ultimately went for a winning bid of $ 28 million.
The winning bidder will get to fly abroad New Shepard along with Bezos and his brother, when it takes its first human flight on July 20, which makes the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing.
How does it work?
The rocket system consists of two parts, the cabin or capsule and the rocket or the booster.
The cabin can accommodate experiments from small mini payloads up to 100 kg.
The cabin is designed for six people and sits atop a 60 feet tall rocket and separates from it before crossing the Karman line, after which both vehicles fall back to the Earth.
The capsule is fully autonomous and does not require a pilot.
The system is a fully reusable, vertical takeoff and vertical landing space vehicle that accelerates for about 2.5 minutes before the engine cut off.
The capsule lands back on the Earth with the help of parachutes.