A high bid of $ 28 million won the auction for a seat aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket at the edge of space in July, the company said on Saturday.
The top bidder of the month-long auction would be revealed in the coming weeks, it tweeted, and will be joined by Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark, for the scheduled ride on July 20.
While the Blue Origin rocket-powered capsule can carry six passengers, that trip will be for four, and a fourth passenger will also be announced at a later date, the company said.
The money from the submission will go to Blue Origin’s nonprofit Club for the Future, which aims to teach children about space and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“What a day,” said Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales at Blue Origin, after the auction. “The entire Blue Origin team is eager to meet our first client.
The New Shepard rocket and capsule, which fly autonomously, will go into suborbital space at an altitude of more than 100 km above Earth. Passengers will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before it descends back to Earth using parachutes.
Blue Origin plans to forward tickets to this private flight to the outer reaches of space, possibly at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars.
Thousands of people participated in the auction.