Teenager is first paying customer on Bezos-backed rocket ship

A teenager will become the first paying customer on a rocket ship back by Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosEquilibrium/ Sustainability — The gentler side of Shark Week Teenager is first paying customer on Bezos-backed rocket ship Bezos donates 0M to Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum MORE

Oliver Daemen, 18, will fly on board Blue Origin’s New Shepard Mission, the company announced Wednesday.

Daemen will fly alongside Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old Wally Funk, who completed astronaut training in 1961 as a member of the “Mercury 13” Woman in Space Program.


Daemen and Funk will represent the youngest and oldest astronauts to travel to space, respectively, the company said.

Daemen was chosen after the original winner of Blue Origin’s charity auction, who remains anonymous, chose to fly on a future mission due to scheduling conflicts, the company said. Blue Origin said last month that the original winner pledged a winning $28 million bid.

Blue Origin declined to disclose Daemen’s bid to The Hill.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Bezos’s spaceflight a license on Monday, which is valid through August. The flight is scheduled to take off next Tuesday.

The flight comes after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson beat Bezos to become the first billionaire to successfully launch into space on Sunday.

Branson’s trip lasted about 90 minutes, and reached the 50-mile altitude that the FAA recognizes as the edge of space.

Click Here: nsw blues jersey