Recently, Blue Origin announced that, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old- teenager will be the youngest person to accompany Jeff Bezos on July 20 in his company’s Blue Origin New Shepard rocket to space. He will remain in space for a total of eleven minutes. This flight will take place exactly after fifty-two years after Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon.
First Flight Crew Mates
The first flight of the Blue Origin will launch with four members – the Bezos brothers, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen. It was announced earlier on Thursday that instead of a $28 million dollar auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, the Dutch son of another bidder will be on board.
Oliver is the First Paying customer
The company said Oliver Daemen will be the first paying customer, but did not disclose the price of his ticket. But a family spokesperson said it will be considerably less than the winning bid. The winner of the auction will be flying on a future New Shepard mission as there were some issues with the schedule.
Daemen said that-
“This is so unbelievably cool! The flight to and into space only takes 10 minutes, but I already know that these will be the most special 10 minutes of my life.”
Site Set to be Launched
Blue Origin’s Launch Site One is located in a remote location in the West Texas desert and will not have an on-site public viewing area. The company has also said that the Texas Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of State Highway 54.
The License Formality
On July 12, the company received its license from the US Federal Aviation Administration to launch into space. Jeff Bezos will become the second person to ride his own rocket into space, following Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson by nine days.
Oliver Got a Private Pilot License
Daemen took a year off after graduating from high school last year to obtain his private pilot’s license. He’ll attend the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in September. His father is Joes Daemen, founder and CEO of Somerset Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Oisterwijk, Netherlands.
The Past Record for the Youngest Traveller
Soviet cosmonaut Ghermon Titov holds the record for the youngest to fly in space. He was 25 when he blasted into orbit four months after Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space.
Message From New Shepard
Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin said that-
“We thank the auction winner for their generous support of Club for the Future and are honored to welcome Oliver to fly with us on New Shepard. This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space.”
New Shepard’s first human spaceflight will take off on July 20 from its Launch Site One in a remote location in the West Texas desert. While there are no on-site public viewing areas in the vicinity of the launch site, it will be broadcast live on BlueOrigin.com beginning at 11:30am UTC.