How an 18-year-old landed a seat on Jeff Bezos’ first crewed Blue Origin flight


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How long was Jeff Bezos flight?

The entire flight lasted roughly 10 minutes. "Best day ever," Bezos radioed to mission controllers after touching down. Bezos' flight was a suborbital jaunt, which means he and his crew members didn't actually enter into orbit around Earth. NBC NewsAmazon's Jeff Bezos makes history with all-civilian suborbital flight

What did Jeff Bezos do in space?

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET on July 20, 2021. VAN HORN, Texas—Jeff Bezos really flew to space. This morning, the richest person on Earth boarded a reusable rocket he dreamed up and funded, launched to the edge of space to experience a few minutes of weightlessness, and then came back down. The AtlanticJeff Bezos Really Flew to Space

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Here's the information you'll need to watch the Bezos space flight on TV, or online via a free live stream. When is Jeff Bezos space flight? The Jeff Bezos rocket launch will happen around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. The exact time that coverage begins on TV will vary based on each network that is covering the flight. nj.comJeff Bezos space flight: How to watch launch, live stream, time, TV, channel

How does Blue Origin return to Earth?

The craft landed back on Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff, buoyed by a trio of parachutes. Bezos gave a thumbs up from his seat in the capsule shortly after landing. The crew emerged from the craft minutes later and was greeted by loved ones as well as a camera crew. Los Angeles TimesJeff Bezos completes suborbital space flight on New Shepard

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Recent high school graduate Oliver Daemen became the youngest person to go into space Tuesday morning after he secured one of four seats on billionaire Jeff Bezos’ first crewed Blue Origin flight that blasted off from Texas Tuesday morning. 

Daemen joined Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and honored guest Wally Funk, who trained to be an astronaut in the 1960s but was denied entry into the NASA space program, for the 10-minute ride just beyond the Karman line. 

But how did the 18-year-old get a spot? 

The fourth seat inside Blue Origin’s crew capsule sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for $28 million, but the would-be astronaut was forced to delay to a later flight date over a scheduling conflict and the seat went to the next-highest bidder, making Daemen a last-minute addition, according to the Washington Post. 

"We moved him up when this seat on the first flight became available," a Blue Origin spokesperson said, the Post reported. 

Daemen’s father is Joes Daemen, the millionaire founder of Dutch company Somerset Capital Partners, which invests in real estate, private equity and global financial markets. Joes Daemen paid for the flight, CNBC reported. 

Oliver Daemen has his pilot’s license and plans to study physics at a Dutch university this fall. 

Blue Origin said going into space has been a "lifelong" dream for the teenager. 

Daemen is the first paying passenger on Blue Origin, which plans to sell more seats for future flights. 

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$28M for a flight to space — or you can buy these luxuries

New York Daily News 21 July, 2021 - 04:00am

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was aboard his Blue Origin company’s first human space flight Tuesday. Blue Origin hasn’t been a cheap initiative for Bezos, with Fortune saying he’s spent $5.5 billion of his income on the company, and Forbes projecting he’s poured $7.5 billion into the endeavor.

Following his return, Bezos brazenly thanked Amazon customers and employees, saying, “You guys paid for all of this.”

Bezos, 57, hopes to one day send customers into space on commercial flights at an undisclosed cost. A spot on Tuesday’s historic flight was auctioned at $28 million to an unidentified winner, with Blue Origin saying the winnings will go to its Club for the Future charity.

The auction winner ultimately didn’t go to space due to a scheduling conflict, so the spot went to Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, whose father originally paid an unknown amount for a future flight.

With the flight lasting just over 10 minutes, the auction price broke down to nearly $3 million per minute.

Here are a few other ways to spend $28 million:

A hot dog at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island costs $5.17. With $28 million, you could get 5,415,860 hot dogs. That’s more than you could ever eat — or one heck of a Fourth of July party.

The current Ticketmaster listing for full season tickets to Knicks home games starts at $4,092. Prices often change, but at that cost, you could have a seat at Madison Square Garden for the next 6,842 seasons. They’re bound to win a championship in one of them.

Private islands often cost much less than $28 million, according to a 2020 Forbes report. Those include Cerralvo Island in Mexico, valued at $20 million for 35,000 acres, and Guafo Island in Chile, valued at the same price for nearly 50,000 acres.

Or you could buy numerous smaller islands: New York’s 5-acre Naomi Island was just $99,000!

The monthly cost of a one-bedroom apartment in popular areas like West Village or NoHo averages about $3,600, according to

At that rate, $28 million would get you 7,777 months — or 648 years — of rent. Or, you know, a bigger place.

The cheapest nonstop, round-trip flight from New York to Honolulu for a week-long vacation beginning a month from now costs $1,122 through Hotwire.

You can buy nearly 25,000 such flights with $28 million — and could save a little money if you book earlier.

Broadway’s buzziest musical reopens Sept. 14, with the cheapest tickets on Ticketmaster available for $893.

If every seat cost that much, $28 million would let you see “Hamilton” 31,354 times. Don’t throw away your shot.

One of New York’s trendiest pizza places, Lucali in Brooklyn, sells its large pie for $24. You could buy 1,166,666 of them with $28 million — but would have wait in line for a couple of hours.

Every ride on the subway costs $2.75. With $28 million, you could pay for 10,181,818 trips. Plus, commuting on the subway is way more practical than on a rocket.

The final six years of the Yankees slugger’s contract owe him $179 million — which averages out at more than $29 million per season. Nearly one year of Stanton’s mega-deal could be covered with $28 million.

Watching Jeff Bezos Go to Space Was More Depressing Than Inspiring

Variety 21 July, 2021 - 04:00am

By Caroline Framke

Mere minutes after touching the edge of space, Jeff Bezos and his fellow Blue Origin crewmates stood back on Earth, shaking champagne at the throng of cameras pointed their way with grins wide enough to see from … well, space. No matter which channel you turned to — CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC — the praise was effusive and breathless. But no matter how many times networks replayed the brief launch or how much Anderson Cooper waxed poetic about Amazon founder once being “this young guy building rockets” from 3D printers, it was near impossible to imagine feeling inspired. In just 11 minutes, the Blue Origin flight encapsulated everything wrong with billionaires buying their way into the final frontier.

Once upon a time, the space race might have represented hope and wonder (plus a healthy dose of rah-rah jingoism). Now, from where so many of us are sitting on this rapidly burning planet, watching billionaires like Bezos and Richard Branson take  joyrides up to space and back feels like the worst kind of mockery. (Especially when, as has been extensively reported on and documented, Bezos’ company in particular discourages many thousands of its low-paid warehouse workers from being anything other than anonymous vectors of productivity.)

So, sure, it makes sense that these business owners would want to take a turn on their zero gravity rollercoasters. But watching so many ostensible journalists unequivocally herald these literal flights of fancy felt like watching a feed from another reality completely untethered to our own. As our world quite literally burns and crumbles around us, these men pushing the limits of the planet in their (unavoidably, symbolically phallic) rocket ships, simply because they can, is less inspiring than it is completely depressing.

As human beings, we will always have some fascination with the richest class of people who manage to make the world work for them. There’s something inherently juicy and intriguing about the sheer fact of excess, let alone someone who unapologetically owns it. Watching Bezos and his compatriots shake that champagne for the grandest effect, I thought back to all the other moments on television that mirrored this one’s wholehearted embrace of material gain: the Beverly Hillbillies discovering oil, the bored drama of wealthy “Real Housewives” on Bravo and “Dynasty” alike, the love letter to indulgence that is “Gossip Girl.” If the new season of “Succession” features Kendall Roy rocketing into the stratosphere, I wouldn’t blink an eye.

And yet, as my colleague Daniel D’Addario pointed out in a recent column, we’re also now in a moment of “increasingly contradictory feelings across our society about the rich and famous.” Social media is hardly a decisive tool for gauging the overall temperature of an event, and yet it was striking to see so many people both glued to the Bezos launch and wracked with disdain for it. Some even tuned in hoping to see an unbelievably powerful man humbled, as if turning on an episode of “The Crown” in which the royals might unwittingly reveal their humanity.

There was, of course, none of that. Perhaps someday Bezos might reveal that he was, as former astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield dared to hope on his CNN panel, brought back down to Earth metaphorically as well as physically by experiencing the planet he’s so thoroughly conquered from so many miles away. For now, though, the visual of the richest man in the world fist-pumping his way out of a rocket and into a giddy champagne toast says more than either he or the gushing pundits ever could.

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