Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon and owner of Blue Origin, will have a young lad as his first passenger for his giant space agency. This is a surprising turn of the event since the first passenger of the independent space company was supposed to be a full-grown man, who already paid $28 million just to travel via Blue Origin.
Now, the anonymous million-dollar-paying passenger told Bezos that he will no longer continue his space journey since he is quite busy. Blue Origin itself also confirmed this information.
Oliver Daemen, the first and youngest Blue Origin passenger, is the one who will replace the anonymous individual. He is expected to join the Amazon owner, along with Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old woman who is considered the oldest Blue Origin passenger, and other crew members on the New Shepard rocket.
Recently, Blue Origin confirmed that the auction for a seat was already won by a man who is willing to pay $28 million. However, Bezos and his space agency still refuse to name the individual.
Jeff Bezos' New Young Passenger
According to Independent UK's latest report, Blue Origin stated that the recent million-dollar-paying auction winner will still remain anonymous. However, the company did not confirm if it is the man's request or just the former Amazon CEO's decision.
On the other hand, SpaceX's large competitor also did not state why it chose the 18-year-old guy as its new passenger. Blue Origin also did not disclose how much did Oliver Daeman paid.
"We thank the auction winner for their generous support of Club for the Future and are honored to welcome Oliver to fly with us on New Shepard," said Bob Smith, the CEO of Blue Origin.
"This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space," he added.
Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket
Tech Crunch reported that the popular New Shepard rocket of Blue Origin is specifically designed to conduct suborbital commercial flights.
Once it takes off, it is expected to help Bezos and his space company improve the upcoming space tourism and other space researchers.
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Written by: Griffin Davis