At long last, humankind will no longer need to be a certified astronaut to take a trip into space. But you might need a six-figure vacation fund.
Blue Origin, a company founded by Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos in 2000, has been gearing up for passenger-friendly space travel for years now. Though the company announced earlier this year it was planning to sell tickets for test flights by 2019, there's been no official announcement about what those tickets could cost.
Reuters spoke to two people close to the project, who said the cost of a seat on Blue Origin's New Shephard spacecraft will set potential customers back a minimum of $200,000, and possibly as high as $300,000 or more. Both sources spoke on the condition of anonymity since this information has yet to be made public.
The trip itself will take six passengers more than 60 miles up into sub-orbital space — far enough away from the Earth to see its curvature and experience a little bit of weightlessness. The detachable cabin would then return to terra firma via parachute.
So far, the New Origin craft has completed several test flights, though they were all unmanned. Unless you count the two flights with the test dummy they've dubbed "Mannequin Skywalker."
While Bezos gets closer to achieving space travel, he isn't alone in his quest for the stars. He's facing competition from fellow billionaires Richard Branson and Elon Musk, who are also investing substantial sums of money into their own space tourism ventures.
Needless to say, with a cost of upwards of $300,000, most people won't be reserving their spot on Blue Origin anytime soon. Though it has to be asked: If you could afford a ticket, would you take the ride?