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WASHINGTON — Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle "soon" and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19.
Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, as the keynote of a half-day track on earth and space applications, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson offered a few updates on the development of the company's suborbital vehicle.
Tickets - Tickets - Price
He also offered a timetable for selling tickets. "We expect to start selling tickets in 2019," he said, but did not disclose a price.
Blue Origin officials have offered few details about when it would start selling seats on New Shepard flights, and at what cost. The company has made clear it plans to do so, and has even produced an animated video showing people on a New Shepard suborbital flight, but has not started to actively sign up customers.
Configuration - Bob - Smith - Executive - Blue
"We continue to be head down on making sure the configuration is good and stable and ready to fly," Bob Smith, chief executive of Blue Origin, said in an April interview on the status of New Shepard development. "Once we all feel confident that that's the case, then we'll have the conversation internally about what prices are and what that whole process looks like."
Even the company's billionaire owner has not disclosed details. "We don't know the ticket price yet. We haven't decided," said Jeff Bezos in an on-stage interview May 25 at the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles.
Approach - Contrast - Virgin - Galactic - Company
That approach stands in stark contrast to Virgin Galactic, the other company in the advanced stages of development of a commercial suborbital vehicle capable of carrying people. Virgin Galactic started selling tickets more than...
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