The mysterious millionaire bidder who won a seat on the maiden voyage of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket suddenly has something better to do than go to space.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard will be rocketing off to the edge of space on July 20, but with a different group of intrepid explorers than imagined.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and legendary aviator Wally Funk will no longer be joined by the mysterious auction winner but instead, 18 year old recent high school graduate, Oliver Daemen.
$28 Million Ticket-Holder for Jeff Bezos’ Flight to Space Has an Elsewhere to Be.
The son of Somerset Capital Partners CEO Joes Daemen, Oliver was bumped up from his seat on the second crewed flight (which his father purchased for an undisclosed sum) after the auction winner decided he or she had a better place to be than the edge of space.
With teenaged Daemen and 82 year old Funk on board the New Shepard, Bezos will get to make history after all, with the maiden crewed flight being the second to space, but the first to set simultaneous records for the youngest and oldest persons to ever travel out of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The unknown millionaire with an ‘elsewhere’ to be cited equally mysterious “scheduling conflicts” for not taking the inaugural crewed flight.
He or she will still take their ride to the Kármán line, the boundary almost universally recognized as the start of space, during a future Blue Origin flight.
The Bezos brothers, Funk and Daeman will be weightless for roughly three minutes before the capsule plummets back to Earth, its descent slowed by multiple massive parachutes.
It was only last weekend that the world watched billionaire Richard Branson jet off to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic’s Unity.
However, as the flights of Virgin Galactic fall short of the Kármán line, Blue Origin threw some Twitter shade their way, saying the space didn’t lose its virginity on July 11 after all.
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