Blue Origin reveals Oliver Daemen flies into space with Jeff Bezos – .

Blue Origin reveals Oliver Daemen flies into space with Jeff Bezos – .

Jeff Bezos travels to where the New Shepard capsule landed in the Texas desert after a test flight in April 2021.
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Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin revealed Thursday that 18-year-old Oliver Daemen will be flying in place of the still anonymous $ 28 million bidder from last month’s public auction.
Daemen will fly to the edge of space with Amazon founder, brother Mark Bezos, and legendary aerospace pioneer Wally Funk on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket set to launch on July 20.

The young physics student takes the place of the auction winner, who according to Blue Origin could not fly on the mission “due to scheduling conflicts.” Blue Origin said the winner of the auction “has chosen to fly for a future New Shepard mission.”

Blue Origin described Daemen as the “first paying customer” flying on New Shepard, with a spokesperson telling CNBC that “he was in the auction and got a seat on the second flight”.

“We moved it when that seat on the first flight became available,” Blue Origin said.

The company has confirmed that Daemen is the son of Somerset Capital Partners CEO Joes Daemen, who paid for the seat and chose to pilot Oliver instead. Somerset is an Oisterwijk-based Dutch private equity firm that Joes Daemen founded.

At 18, Daemen would be the youngest person to fly in space, with Funk, 82, also set to become the oldest person to become an astronaut.

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A New Shepard rocket launches the NS-10 test flight on January 23, 2019.
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New Shepard, a rocket that carries a capsule to an altitude of over 340,000 feet, has made more than a dozen successful test flights without passengers, including one in April at the company’s facilities in the Texas desert. . It is designed to carry up to six people and flies autonomously, without the need for a pilot. The capsule has massive windows to give passengers a view of the earth below for about three minutes in zero gravity, before returning to Earth.

Blue Origin’s system launches vertically, and the rocket and capsule are reusable. The boosters land on a concrete slab at the company’s facilities in Van Horn, Texas, while the capsules land using a set of parachutes.

Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 and owns the company, funding it through the sale of shares of his Amazon stock.

July 20 is remarkable because it also marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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