Report: Blue Origin Space Tourists Will Pay $200K a Ticket

Everybody knows that launching someone into space is very expensive, so it should come as no surprise that even Jeff Bezos can't get the price down. A ticket for a seat on Blue Origin's new Shepard is expected to cost at least $200,000.

Last year, Jeff Bezos told the 33rd annual Space Symposium that his Blue Origin company expected to offer New Shepard space exploration flights at some point in 2018. The bad news for potential passengers is a lack of bathrooms on board for the 40 minute trip. But it gets worse, as we now know roughly how much one of these flights is going to cost.

As Reuters reports, paying passengers won't be boarding flights until 2019, but test flights with people on the New Shepard are planned "very soon." Blue Origin isn't commenting officially on how much tickets will cost, but two employees speaking on condition of anonymity said it will cost at least $200,000 per ticket. The price could be closer to $300,000, though.

In return for that huge amount of cash, up to six passengers at a time will be sent 62 miles (100 km) above the surface of the Earth. Once there, they will be able to see the curvature of the Earth and experience weightlessness for just a few minutes before the decent back to the surface using parachutes.

Taking the trip certainly counts as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but is it worth the money? Probably not for 99 percent of people. You also need to consider that this is a Jeff Bezos project, which means he'll want to make it available to as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and make use of the service in other areas to generate more revenue. In other words, the $200K price tag of the flight in 2019 could drop to the price of a new car within a few years, and then continue to fall if, for example, it becomes a viable quick travel alternative to today's aircraft. I think we all know Prime membership will also eventually play a part.

If you have lots of money to burn, keep a close eye on Blue Origin for when the first tickets go up for sale next year. For everyone else, wait a decade and see what happens. You'll probably look back and feel glad you didn't take out that huge loan to go see the curvature of Earth for a few minutes.

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