The spacecraft company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos announced an unnamed person won an auction to join the Amazon founder on the company’s maiden flight into space.
Blue Origin said the winner paid some 1.3 billion pesos. Bidding for the chance to take a ride into space began a month ago, and over 7,500 people from more than 150 countries registered. But the bidding war skyrocketed when Bezos announced he would be on board, along with his brother, Mark.
The company said the highest bids were coming from about 20 people. The winning amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, which promotes tech and science studies among young people.
The space capsule, New Shepard, will blast off for an inaugural trip to space that might only last a few minutes from West Texas on July 20, the anniversary of when Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon in 1969.