This morning, Blue Origin unveiled bids for a seat on New Shepard’s first suborbital crewed flight on July 20. The top bid was $1.4 million, an amount that has since increased to $2.2 million in open bidding. The bids are now increasing at an automatic $200,000, not including a 6 percent buyer’s premium on the total amount.
Blue Origin said it received bids from more than 5,200 people living in 136 countries. The schedule for completing the auction includes:
- May 19 – June 10: Unsealed online bidding (in progress now): the current high bid is visible and bidding continues. The current high bid will be visible and updated in real-time on BlueOrigin.com and to registered bidders on the auction site.
- June 12: Live auction: the bidding concludes with a live online auction. Note: participants must raise their bid limit by June 10 at 5 p.m. EDT to participate in the June 12 live auction.
The winning bidder will undergo three days of training at Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site before flying on the fourth day. He will be joined by five company employees.
Proceeds from the auction will be given to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.