The bidding battle for a seat in Jeff Bezos’ spacecraft has reached new heights.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ pre-auction bid for a slot on the July 20 Blue Origin flight closed on Thursday at nearly $5 million, according to the space company. Website.
live auction According to Blue Origin, the seat launches this Saturday at 12:45 p.m. with an opening bid of $4.8 million.
The winner will go to orbit with Bezos and his brother Mark in an 11-minute flight.
If the live auction bid was closer to $4.8 million, the winner would have paid about $500,000 a minute in space.
The company said the pre-auction attracted bidders from more than 140 countries. The winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, which encourages children to pursue careers in STEM.
Bezos’ spacecraft, called the New Shepard, can carry six people, but only two of the Bezos brothers have been confirmed as passengers.
New Shepherd has made more than a dozen successful flights without a crew. Boasting huge windows, the craft is designed to give space tourists unforgettable views of the Earth’s curvature, as well as several minutes in zero gravity.
The July flight is scheduled for just two weeks after Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO. This would make Bezos, who has a net worth of $193.5 billion according to forbesThe richest man ever to go into space.
“Ever since I was five, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos wrote on Instagram on Monday. “On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother. Greatest adventures with my best friend. “
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is reportedly trying to beat Bezos in orbit, weighing in on a flight over the July 4th weekend.
Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk have not announced plans to travel to space. In April, Musk warned that “a group of people will probably die” as he and other cosmopolitan bourgeoisie try to reach Mars.
While Blue Origin’s site says a bidding livestream for the seat opens Saturday at 12:45 p.m., it’s unclear what time the bidding will close. The space company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.