Saturday, July 24

Blue Origin adds the youngest passenger to travel to space | Digital Trends Spanish

The space race from the private sphere has long been unleashed. The various companies involved are trying to get the upper hand, especially after Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson’s trip to the edge of space.

Now, Blue Origin has announced that Oliver Daemen will be the first paying customer to fly aboard the New Shepard, marking the start of commercial operations for its program.

Oliver is just 18 years old, so he would become the youngest passenger to go into space. The funny thing is that on board the ship will also be 82-year-old Wally Funky, the oldest astronaut who will go into space.

Daemen will be able to travel after the person who won the Blue Origin auction decided to go on an upcoming mission. His identity is still unknown as he has wanted to remain anonymous.

“We thank the auction winner for his generous support of Club for the Future and we are honored to welcome Oliver to fly with us at New Shepard,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin.

“This marks the beginning of New Shepard’s business operations, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a path into space.”

According to him Official site Oliver has always been fascinated with space, the Moon, and rockets since he was four years old.

The young man graduated from the institute in 2020 and took a year off before pursuing his studies to obtain a private pilot license.

Oliver will attend Utrecht University in September to study physics and innovation management.

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