- The teenager managed to secure the spot after the original R373 million winner of Blue Origin's auction for the spot chose a later mission "due to scheduling conflicts''
- Blue Origin confirmed that Daemen was a participant in the auction and had secured a seat on the second flight
- Briefly News understands the winner of Blue Origin's auction for the spot remains anonymous
When billionaire Jeff Bezo announced his plans to make his maiden ''flight'' to space, not many people thought it would come to pass.
However, the billionaire proved naysayers wrong by successfully making his maiden trip, making him the first billionaire to travel to Space.
Well, his rocket journey to space seems to have attracted the attention of other people including his first-ever customer who has shown interest in making another trip with the billionaire.
Briefly News has learnt that Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin recently made it public that it had gotten its first paying customer, an 18-year-old space enthusiast who will also be the youngest person in the world to travel to space.
NBC News confirmed to the world that a dutch teenager who goes by Oliver Daemen will be joining the Amazon founder, his brother, Mark Bezos, and pilot Wally Funk when they launch into space aboard the New Shepard rocket on Tuesday, July 20.
Daemen managed to secure the position after the original winner of Blue Origin's auction for the spot chose a later mission "due to scheduling conflicts''.
The winner of Blue Origin's auction for the spot remains anonymous.
According to NBC News, Daemen may be the youngest person to ever travel to space but Funk, 82, will be the oldest to have ever done the same.
Funk, who is a pilot and flight instructor, was part of Mercury 13, which is a group of female pilots who underwent testing to determine whether women could handle space travel.
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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.” Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said.
A Blue origin spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that Daemen "was a participant in the auction and had secured a seat on the second flight.”
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