Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space company, has plans to take paying passengers up to space for short trips. As you can probably imagine, it’s not going to be cheap. The company is reportedly mulling ticket prices of up to $300,000 for the short trips to space.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle is set to make its trips to space next year. Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the company’s plans, that it’s planning to charge passengers between $200,000 and $300,000 for the first trips to space.
Blue Origin executives have previously said that they’re planning test flights with passengers onboard the New Shepard soon and will begin selling tickets in 2019. For up to $300,000, passengers will be able to visit suborbital space for a few minutes. They will be able to experience weightlessness and get to see the curvature of the Earth.
The spacecraft has six observation windows that are almost three times as tall as the windows on a Boeing 747. The entire trip can be performed autonomously with parachutes bringing the spacecraft back to Earth.
Citing a Blue Origin employee with “first-hand knowledge” of the pricing plan, the scribe reports that tickets will be priced in the range of $200,000 and $300,000. A second employee said that the tickets will cost $200,000 at least. Blue Origin hasn’t confirmed or denied the report as yet.