Blue Origin Plans to Start Selling Suborbital Spaceflight Tickets Next Year

Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle on the pad prior to an April 29 launch. Credit: Blue Origin
Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle „soon“ and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19.

By Jeff Foust |

Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, as the keynote of a half-day track on earth and space applications, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson offered a few updates on the development of the company’s suborbital vehicle.

„We plan to start flying our first test passengers soon,“ he said after showing a video of a previous New Shepard flight at the company’s West Texas test site. All of the New Shepard flights to date have been without people on board, but the company has said in the past it would fly its personnel on the vehicle in later tests. [Watch Blue Origin’s Latest Space Launch Video]

He also offered a timetable for selling tickets. „We expect to start selling tickets in 2019,“ he said, but did not disclose a price.

Blue Origin officials have offered few details about when it would start selling seats on New Shepard flights, and at what cost. The company has made clear it plans to do so, and has even produced an animated video showing people on a New Shepard suborbital flight, but has not started to actively sign up customers.

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