Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin announced who will begin the second suborbital space flight. The former NASA engineer is part of the 4-person New Shepard crew Chris Boshuizen and the entrepreneur Glen de Vries. The other two space tourists would be announced within the next few days.
“This is a fulfillment of my greatest childhood dreams,” says Boshuizen in a statement. He sees the flight primarily as an opportunity to train students for careers in Professions from the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT) too inspire and animate the next generation of space explorers.
De Vries announced in a video on Twitter that he was really looking forward to the flight. “There is a lot to discover in the universe,” he says. The entrepreneur had the platform in 1999 Medidata Solutions co-founded for clinical research. That made possible over 25,000 clinical studies with more than 7 million patients in the therapeutic area – from vaccines to cancer to rare diseases.
De Vries is the vice-chairman of Dassault Systèmes Life Sciences & Healthcare, the parent company of Medidata. Dassault Systémes is listed and is currently worth over 60 billion euros.
The 11-minute flight is for the 12th of October a 3.30 p.m. (CEST) scheduled. Passengers will experience weightlessness for 3 minutes.
Ticket sales on Blue Origin website
The first space tourists are on 20th of July lifted off into space. Next to Jeff Bezos himself was his brother Mark and the aviation pioneer Wally Funk and the first paying customer Oliver Daemen on board. The futurezone reported.
The tickets are sold through the Blue Origin website. However, the company has not made the price of the tickets public.