An 18-year-old physics student will be the first paying customer of Blue Origin to fly to space on its reusable rocket on July 20, Jeff Bezos’s space company announced on Thursday.
Blue Origin had auctioned a spaceship berth for a massive USD 28 million but the winner presumably a wealthy space aficionado has chosen to fly on a future New Shepard flight “due to scheduling conflicts.”
Blue Origin has picked Oliver Daemen, who is about to become the youngest person in space to fly along with Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk who is an aviation pioneer and also will become the oldest person ever to do so at age 82.
Oliver’s presence on the flight will also mark the beginning of commercial operations for the program. Blue Origin didn’t disclose the amount paid by the teenager for the spaceflight.
CEO Bob Smith on Thursday thanked the auction's winner for the indulgent support of Club for the future and welcomed Oliver to fly on New Shepard.
He also said, “This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space.”
According to Blue Origin, Oliver Daeman graduated from high school in 2020 and took a year off to obtain his private
pilot’s license and will start college in the Netherlands to study physics and innovation management.
Blue Origin's, the New Shepard’s first human spaceflight will take off on July 20 from its launch site that is remote location in the West Texas desert.