Jeff Bezos says sales of Blue Origin space tourist flights are 'approaching $100 million' already

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How far will Bezos go into space?

New Shepard with Jeff Bezos on board has launched If all goes well, the booster will fly back to a soft landing, and the capsule will touch down a few minutes later under three parachutes. The entire flight is expected to last about 10 minutes. The Washington PostJeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen reach space, return safely on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket

Is Bezos launch on TV?

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 much did the Blue Origin launch cost?

The price was originally $200,000 and later raised to $250,000, but Virgin Galactic stopped sales in 2014 after a crash of its first space plane during a test flight. Virgin Galactic officials say they will resume sales later this year, and the price will likely be higher than $250,000. nytimes.comHow Much Does It Cost to Fly on Blue Origin's New Shepard?

How high did Richard Branson go into space?

That will give Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin — which he founded in 2000 — bragging rights over Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson, whose flight this month aboard SpaceShipTwo hit a peak altitude of around 282,000 feet, surpassing NASA's designated Earth-space boundary of 50 miles, but falling well short of the Kármán line. NPRJeff Bezos' Completes His Blue Origin Flight To Space

VAN HORN, Texas — Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, has sold nearly $100 million worth of tickets for future passenger flights to the edge of space, the billionaire founder announced on Tuesday.

"The demand is very, very high," Bezos said at Blue Origin's presentation after its first crewed flight.

The company has not disclosed prices for seats on its New Shepard rocket. The only indication of Blue Origin's pricing structure is a public auction the company held for a seat on its first flight with Bezos, which went for $28 million. That's multiple times the $200,000-to-$500,000 range that Blue Origin's suborbital space tourism competitor Virgin Galactic has charged for seats on its future flights.

Bezos said Blue Origin is "going to fly human missions twice more this year" but said he's "not sure yet" how many crewed New Shepard launches the company will attempt in 2022.

"We'll figure that out," Bezos said, adding that the company wants to launch at a "very high" rate in the future.

Blue Origin currently has two New Shepard rocket boosters at its facility in Texas, one for research cargo flights and the other for passenger flights.

"We really do want to practice with this vehicle, so we're going to have to build more boosters ... to fly more frequently," Bezos said.

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