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US News flying in space with Jeff Bezos: the auction winner pays $ 28 million

16:45  13 june  2021
16:45  13 june  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Voler dans l’espace avec Jeff Bezos : le gagnant aux enchères paie 28 millions de dollars © Copyright 2021, Obs

A rich and happy winner paid Saturday, June 12, $ 28 million (23 million euros) A pocket auction to accompany Jeff Bezos in the first flight of spatial tourism of the company Blue Origin scheduled on July 20 - Anniversary date of the first steps on the moon in 1969.

The winner, whose identity will be known in the coming Weeks, has capped at the post about twenty participants in these online finals auctions that lasted less than ten minutes.

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The process had started in May with bets that reached Thursday, June 10 $ 4.8 million. It was the starting price on Saturday of this seat, alongside the founder of Amazon and his brother Mark.

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The sale flew in the transition from the ten million dollars, the participants - on the telephone and represented by employees of the house of sale RR Auction - responding by additional million, until reaching the sum of 28 million. The winner will also have to pay 6% commission fees.

The amount of the sale will be donated to the Foundation Club for the Future created by Blue Origin, aimed at encouraging young people to work in the scientific and spatial environment.

Jeff Bezos, who will leave his position as a boss of Amazon in July, announced on June 7, that he would be part of the first flight inhabited in the New Shepard rocket with his brother and the winner of a bid for a bid. Third seat.

Ariane Cornell, Commercial Director at Blue Origin, said Saturday that a fourth tourist of space would make the trip, without giving his identity.

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The capsule that will be at the top of the rocket, with large portholes, can accommodate up to six people in tilting seats, specially made to absorb the landing shock, according to Blue Origin.


Video: Jeff Bezos and his brother will leave in the space on July 20 (Dailymotion)

to 100 km, beyond the Karman

New Shepard line will take off from a western Texas desert. The rocket will take off vertically and the capsule will separate about 75 km high, continuing its trajectory to exceed the Karman line at the altitude of 100 km, which defines the limit between the terrestrial atmosphere and the 'space.

The passengers can then float by weighting for about three minutes and observe the curvature of the earth. Meanwhile, the rocket will come down to move slowly on a track, always vertically.

Then the capsule will begin a free fall to return to the ground, and will be braked by three large parachutes and retrofinated before landing in the desert.

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The rocket achieved 15 test flights - The first in 2015 - and "We are ready to fly astronauts," said Ariane Cornell, stressing that only 569 people had exceeded the Karman line.

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This trip comes at the moment when competition rages between Blue Origin, the Spacex group led by ELON MUSK and Virgin Galactic founded by Richard Branson.

The space represents for Jeff Bezos a priority, and a potential source of considerable income, although Blue origin is currently lagging behind its main competitor Spacex in the field of satellites as well as missions in space.

Tourism can thus offer high income prospects, like the price of the third ticket reached on Saturday. It should be noted, however, that in March 2016 Jeff Bezos announced its first tourist flights "from 2018". But his offset of three years remains modest compared to the fantastic ads of Elon Musk, who in 2016 hoped to launch his first rockets for the colonization of Mars .

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Branson could embark on a test flight during the summer on board the Virgin Galactic vessel, but no accurate date was announced. Its company provides for the beginning of regular commercial operations in 2022. The group has already sold some 600 tickets for a price between 200,000 and $ 250,000.

From 2001 to 2019, there have already been eight

space tourists, who disbursed $ 20 to $ 35 million to become a few moments - or sometimes some days - astronauts.

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