We now know who bid $28 million to get on the first Blue Origin flight, and when they will actually go to space.
Blue Origin revealed Wednesday that H.E. Justin Sun, a blockchain business founder from China and Grenada, placed the winning bid for the first seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket’s inaugural flight, which ended up launching in July without him.
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On Sun’s Twitter account, he announced that he would launch a new campaign to take five people to space with him. The Sea of Stars campaign will nominate five leaders from the worlds of fashion, art, technology, space exploration, entrepreneurship, as well as long-term members of the blockchain industry.
Details of the nomination process will be announced in the coming months. Sun and the five winners will launch on the New Shepard in 2022.
(1/12)6 months ago, I was lucky enough to win the auction of Blue Origin’s first launch! Today, I announce that I’m launching the "Sea of Stars" campaign, which will select 5 warriors to explore space with me in 2022! @blueorigin @clubforfuture!— H.E. Justin Sun 🅣🌞🇬🇩 (@justinsuntron) December 22, 2021
Details: https://t.co/uoCCwofsjk pic.twitter.com/gZmPDQ3l5D
The $28 million Sun bid for the New Shepard flight went to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, benefiting space-based charities to help inspire young people to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The New Shepard flights reach more than 62 miles above Earth’s surface, but they’re quick. The rocket only leaves the ground for about 10 minutes.