Dutch teenager to fly on New Shepard

WASHINGTON — An 18-year-old Dutch man will fly on Blue Origin’s first crewed New Shepard suborbital flight, taking the place of the unidentified winner of an public sale final month for the seat.

Blue Origin introduced July 15 that Oliver Daemen would be the fourth and last member of the crew of the New Shepard flight launching July 20 from the corporate’s West Texas spaceport. Daemen will be part of Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk on the 10-minute suborbital flight.

Oliver Daeman is the son of Joes Daeman, the chief government and founder and Somerset Capital Companions. He was one of many bidders within the June 12 public sale for the seat on the flight however didn’t make the excessive bid.

Blue Origin mentioned the one that made the successful $28 million bid, who stays nameless, “has chosen to fly on a future New Shepard mission because of scheduling conflicts.” The corporate didn’t elaborate on these scheduling conflicts, however Blue Origin acknowledged the flight would happen on July 20 when it introduced its plans, and began the public sale course of, Could 5.

A Blue Origin spokesperson confirmed that Daeman “had secured a seat on the second flight” of New Shepard and that the corporate “moved him up when this seat on the primary flight turned obtainable.”

Blue Origin had not beforehand disclosed it had offered any tickets past the seat auctioned in June. On the time of the public sale, although, an organization government mentioned Blue Origin would attain out to different public sale contributors about shopping for seats on future flights.

“We may even discover further astronauts who will fly on our different upcoming early missions,” Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital gross sales at Blue Origin, mentioned on the June 12 public sale. “Following the public sale, we’re going to contact probably the most aggressive bidders from right this moment to supply them entry to these early flights.”

An organization spokesperson declined to say what number of further seats it had offered, or what worth Daeman or another clients paid.

Blue Origin described Daeman as a person with an curiosity in area that dates again to the age of 4 — or roughly 2007, a number of years after Bezos based Blue Origin. Daeman is taking a niche yr earlier than beginning research on the College of Utrecht.

“I’m tremendous excited to go to area,” he mentioned in a video posted by the Dutch publication Shiny. “I’ve been dreaming about this all my life and I’ll turn into the youngest astronaut as a result of I’m 18 years outdated.”

De 18-jarige Oliver Daemen uit Tilburg wordt de jongste astronaut ooit en de vierde Nederlander in de ruimte. Hij gaat mee met de ruimtereis van #BlueOrigin van #JeffBezos. Oliver is onderweg naar Texas, waar de lancering dinsdag plaatsvindt.https://t.co/hMsJWorRQK pic.twitter.com/5Xl3mqSAJt

— Shiny (@Shiny) July 15, 2021

At 18, Daeman will break the report for youngest particular person in area. Gherman Titov was 25 years and almost 11 months outdated when he turned the second man in area on the Vostok 2 orbital mission in August 1961.

Funk, in the meantime, will set the report for the oldest particular person in area on the identical flight. At 82 years outdated, she’s going to break the report set by John Glenn, who was 77 once we went to area for a second time on the STS-95 shuttle mission in 1998.

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