Jeff Bezos wants to send you to space, but you won’t be up there for very long.
In a recent report by The New York Times about Bezos selling $US1 billion in Amazon stock to finance his Blue Origin space tourism project, the paper described what passengers can expect from a flight on the New Shepard spacecraft.
Your ticket will buy you a trip that lasts a grand total of “10 to 11 minutes.” Up to six passengers at a time will be seated in a capsule mounted on top of a rocket, which will take them into space — 62 miles above sea level.
These lucky passengers will then experience weightlessness for about four or five minutes, during which they can unbuckle themselves from their seats and do all sorts of fun zero-gravity activities. The return trip will see the capsule parachuting back down into the plains of West Texas.
No word yet on how much a Blue Origin trip will cost, but if it’s anywhere in the price tag of Virgin Galactic, it could be as much as $US250,000.
If one of the world’s foremost tech visionaries has his way, space tourism will be here in just a few years. It will be up to you, however, to decide if what you get is worth the price tag.