Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 (roughly 1.36 crores) to $300,000 (roughly Rs. 2.05 crores) for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.
Executives at the company, started by Amazon.com founder Bezos in 2000, told a business conference last month they planned test flights with passengers on the New Shepard soon, and to start selling tickets next year.
Blue Origin representatives did not respond to requests for comment on its programs and pricing strategy. Bezos said at May ticket prices had not yet been decided.
One Blue Origin employee with first-hand knowledge of the pricing plan said the company will start selling tickets in the range of about $200,000 to $300,000. A second employee said tickets would cost a minimum of $200,000. They both spoke on condition of anonymity as the pricing strategy is confidential.
The company, based about 20 miles (32 km) south of Seattle, has made public the general design of the vehicle – comprising a launch rocket and detachable passenger capsule – but has been tight-lipped on production status and ticket prices.
The capsule features six observation windows Blue Origin says are nearly three times as tall as those on a Boeing Co 747 jetliner. Read full details here.
The company will do the first test in space of its capsule escape system, which propels the crew to safety should the booster explode, “within weeks,” one of the employees said.
While Blue Origin has not disclosed its per-flight operating costs, Teal Group aerospace analyst Marco Caceres estimated each flight could cost the firm about $10 million (roughly Rs. 68.4 crores). With six passengers per trip, that would mean losing millions of dollars per launch, at least initially.