Blue Origin Resumes Space Tourism with a French Entrepreneur Onboard

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By Arezki Amiri Published on May 15, 2024 16:30
Blue Origin Resumes Space Tourism With A French Entrepreneur Onboard

After a two-year hiatus caused by technical challenges, Blue Origin is set to resume its space tourism ventures, launching its next mission with a distinctly international crew including French entrepreneur Sylvain Chiron.

The Journey of New Shepard

Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, has been at the forefront of private space exploration, focusing primarily on suborbital flights. This type of space travel does not reach the velocity required for orbit, allowing for shorter, yet still profound, experiences of space. The spacecraft used for these missions, New Shepard, named after astronaut Alan Shepard, offers six seats and large windows for viewing, described by the company as among the largest in space.

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The Cost of Space Tourism

Space tourism is an expensive endeavor, with tickets costing significantly more than the most luxurious Earth-bound travels. Blue Origin has not officially disclosed the prices for its seats, but estimates suggest a range between $150,000 and $250,000 for an 11-minute flight. This pricing strategy places space travel well within the reach of only the wealthiest individuals, contrasting with prices from competitors like Virgin Galactic, which offers a 90-minute flight for $450,000, and SpaceX, which offers multi-day orbital flights for about $50 million.

Upcoming Mission Details

The upcoming mission, designated NS-25, is scheduled to launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas site on May 19. Among the passengers is Sylvain Chiron, a French entrepreneur who founded the Brasserie du Mont-Blanc in Savoie. Chiron, who has a background in aviation and skiing, has previously lived in the U.S. and Japan. He describes the opportunity as a childhood dream, marking him as the twelfth French national to venture into space.

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The flight will also include other notable figures such as Ed Dwight, who was once set to be the first African American in space but did not get the chance. Now, decades later, he will experience space travel. Other passengers include figures from various professional backgrounds, highlighting the diverse appeal of space tourism.

The mission will be Blue Origin’s first manned flight since an accident in August 2022, which resulted in the crash of a booster. After significant safety reviews and adjustments, the company is ready to resume operations, ensuring the

This mission not only marks a significant step for Blue Origin but also underscores the growing accessibility and popularity of space tourism, albeit among the affluent. As space travel continues to develop, it brings new perspectives on our place in the universe and the boundaries of human achievement.

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