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Blue Origin space tourism tickets will reportedly sell for $200,000 -$300,000 next year

By midian182 · 11 replies
Jul 13, 2018
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  1. Back in April, Blue Origin completed its eighth and highest-ever test flight, hitting an apogee of 351,000 feet (or about 66 miles). This was followed by a business conference last month where executives announced that test flights with passengers were planned soon, and that tickets would go on sale next year. But the Amazon CEO still hasn’t revealed how much a journey to the stars would cost.

    Two Blue Origin employees speaking on the condition of anonymity said the tickets would go for at least $200,000 and potentially reach $300,000.

    The New Shepard can carry six passengers into suborbital space, where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness and enjoy the view through the crew capsule's massive windows, which measure 2.4 feet wide and 3.6 feet high.

    Blue Origin’s ticket price is in line with rival Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which has sold 650 tickets at $250,000 each for as-yet-unscheduled space flights.

    Interestingly, analysts believe each Blue Origin flight could cost the company around $10 million, which means every fully loaded trip would see it losing millions of dollars—at least until it found a way to lower costs.

    Bezos’ space ambitions go beyond tourism. In May, he elaborated on his plans for Blue Origin to work with NASA and the European Space Agency to create a permanent settlement on the surface of the moon. The world’s richest man is funding the company with his own money, and while the chances of it ever happening are slim, he says “other people will take over the vision” if he ever goes broke.

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  2. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Evangelist Posts: 495   +519

    I'll buy two to make sure I have extra room and no one sits next to me.
    ForgottenLegion, Hexic and Reehahs like this.
  3. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 562   +246

    And they call it a sale.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,364   +2,875

    I imagine at that price point many big youtubers will jump on board, and then pour their views on our poor heads.

    There won't be as many sitters as floaters ;)
    Footlong likes this.
  5. Better get insurance in case the rocket blows up on lift off.
    ForgottenLegion likes this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,364   +2,875

    It will make a great Youtube video though. I can think of a few youtubers who I'd love to see on that last ship.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    Since everyone's taxes has paid for transportation, only the rich can afford the trip. Prime example of how screwed up we are.
    SirChocula and ForgottenLegion like this.
  8. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    Waste of resources, rollercoaster for the rich. Hope they get slapped with a seatbelt fine.
    ForgottenLegion likes this.
  9. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 365   +367

    Would rather have a house. Then again I'm not filthy rich so not sure my opinion is at all valid.

    Hope nobody is wishing for a catastrophic launch. It would be such a shame to lose a few of those elite.
  10. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 720   +341

    I have only one question but it is important. Will passengers have to pee in a bottle?
  11. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    Or poo...
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,363   +607

    I'm pretty sure you can put anything in Mr. Fusion.

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