Blue Origin will start selling tickets for New Shepard space sightseeing flights on May 5 – TechCrunch

Blue Origin appears very close to flying paying customers on its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket, after conducting a dress rehearsal for loading and unloading astronauts on its last mission. Today it also revealed that it will be selling the first ticket (tickets?) on board its inaugural commercial flight starting next week, Wednesday May 5th.

“When and how much” are the two burning questions that remain around the first commercial passenger flights from the Jeff Bezos-backed space company. Blue Origin has been in the process of testing, developing and flight-certifying its human-use spacecraft over the past few years, and in its most recent missions, the focus has been on what is essentially the finishing touches, like the aforementioned dress rehearsal, and a test of cabin comfort, communication and control functions on a flight before that earlier this year.

We tried repeatedly to ask Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith about the cost of the flights, but he refused to provide details beyond saying it would be in the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars range. . It’s not a surprising ticket price, given the ride, which includes a trip to space in the New Shepard reusable capsule stage that allows passengers to spend several minutes in zero gravity, with great window to enjoy the spatial perspective of the Earth.

Blue Origin isn’t sharing much more at this time on what we’ll see next week, but did say we can expect more details on Wednesday, so stay tuned.

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