Blue Origin gets US$2m for suborbital sightseeing trip

Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, disclosed US$2 million as the current highest bid for a seat on its New Shepherd spacecraft after the startup closed the first phase of its auction, Reuters reports.

The second phase of the auction is underway and will last until June 10. The process will conclude in a final phase on June 12 with a live online auction. ( The rocket company is targeting July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing trip on its spacecraft, a landmark moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.

The New Shepard rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space.

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