For the primary flight, Blue Origin auctioned off one of many seats with the proceeds going to Mr. Bezos’ space-focused nonprofit, Membership for the Future. The profitable bid was $28 million, an quantity that surprised even Blue Origin officers, far greater than they’d hoped. Blue Origin introduced it is going to distribute $19 million of that to 19 space-related organizations — $1 million every.
The 7,600 individuals who participated within the public sale supplied Blue Origin with a listing of potential paying prospects, and the corporate has began promoting tickets for subsequent flights.
Blue Origin has declined to say what the worth is or how many individuals have signed up, however representatives of the corporate say there may be robust demand.
“Our early flights are going for an excellent value,” Bob Smith, the chief govt of Blue Origin, mentioned throughout a information convention on Sunday.
Throughout the public sale for the seat on Tuesday’s flight, the corporate mentioned that public sale contributors may purchase a seat on subsequent flights. It has not publicly acknowledged what it charged those that positioned bids, or what number of seats have been bought.
Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital gross sales at Blue Origin, mentioned that two extra flights are deliberate for this 12 months. “So we’ve already constructed a strong pipeline of shoppers which might be ,” she mentioned.
Virgin Galactic, the opposite firm providing suborbital flights, has about 600 individuals who have already purchased tickets. The worth was initially $200,000 and later raised to $250,000, however Virgin Galactic stopped gross sales in 2014 after a crash of its first house airplane throughout a take a look at flight. Virgin Galactic officers say they’ll resume gross sales later this 12 months, and the worth will possible be greater than $250,000.