Blue Origin recently unsealed its headline-grabbing auction. The starting bid for a seat on the company's first-ever human spaceflight was $1.4 million. According to Blue Origin's website, the highest bid is currently $2.8 million, doubling the initial amount.
The auction will end on June 12, and the last round of bidding will be broadcast in real-time. It is unlikely that the seat will go for under $3 million. Going forward, tickets for short suborbital trips are expected to cost a few hundred thousand dollars.
The lucky winner will fly to space on July 20. The highest bidder will be joined by a group of as yet unidentified crewmembers, which might include Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos, according to some reports.
Concerns about the mission's safety are scarce. The spacecraft, the New Sheppard, has had “15 successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight,” Blue Origin informs.
Proceeds from the bid will go to Club for the Future, a Blue Origin foundation dedicated to inspiring the next generation of space innovators.