The fourth accompanying person will be an 18-year-old Dutch student Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on his way into space next Tuesday, as stated by Blue Origin. The young man’s name is Oliver Daemen, he is the son of a billionaire, he recently graduated from high school and wants to study physics and innovation management at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. This fourth place was basically reserved for the one who offered the most in the open auction, but the winner, who paid $ 28 million for it (at the current exchange rate of about 23.7 million euros), resigned “due to planning problems”. According to Blue Origin, a company also founded by Bezos, the person has requested anonymity and will fly on a future mission.
The blue origin that developed the rocket New Shepard For this journey, he gave the position to the person who submitted the second highest bid, Father Oliver Daemen, who in turn gave it to his son. Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will fly the plane, as will US pilot Wally Funk on the first voyage with passengers from Blue Origin, an airline founded by Amazon’s airline director just over a week ago.
Funk, 82, the first U.S. flight instructor in history, is a seasoned professional who tried to access NASA’s astronaut program in the 1960s, but was turned down because she was a woman. The space flight is expected to take 11 minutes. Daemen and Funk will be the youngest and oldest astronauts traveling into space.
Bezos shares his obsession with spaceflight with other billionaires, such as Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX) and Richard Branson (Virgin and Virgin Gallactic). He traveled into space on his company’s plane last Sunday, while Musk expressed his desire to establish a city on Mars with a million inhabitants by 2050.
The New Shepard, Named after the first American astronaut (Alan Shepard, in 1961), it is a relatively modest rocket, suitable only for suborbital flights. He had flown 15 times, all successfully, from the Blue Origin facility in Texas (USA), on a large plot of land with private land. Its interior has 15 cubic meters of space, which is twice as much as a capsule Apollo those who went to the moon. It can accommodate up to six passengers, each of whom is accommodated in a separate seat next to a large window, so you can enjoy the scenery without disturbing other passengers. On Tuesday’s trip, the rocket will power a capsule about 30 kilometers high. There it leaves him free to continue with his own inertia up to 100 kilometers, where the universe officially begins. Passengers will be able to unfasten their seat belts and swim for a few minutes. They won’t need diving suits because the ship is under pressure, like a conventional plane.