A flight ticket on a New Shepard suborbital ship will initially cost hundreds of thousands of $


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A flight ticket on a New Shepard suborbital ship will initially cost hundreds of thousands of $

Until recently, Blue Origin, a private aerospace company with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was shying away from a question about the cost of flying a New Shepard suborbital spacecraft for those who want to experience the thrill at the edge of the stratosphere.

But in a speech at Disrupt SF TechCrunch, which kicked off on October 2 at the Moscone North exhibition center, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith hinted at an estimated cost for the flight.

He noted that flying for a space tourist would not be cheap. “Any new technology is never cheap, be it the first IBM computers or what we see today,” Smith said, “but in reality it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars at first.” Smith added that over time, the price will be reduced to such a level that middle-class people can afford to buy a ticket for a flight to New Shepard.

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