What is the cost of a ticket for the Blue Origin rocket?
We know that for a place aboard the Virgin Galactic spacecraft, namely the VSS Unity, you have to spend $ 250,000 to be able to end up in space at an altitude of about 90 km above the earth's surface for about 4-5 minutes. For the tourist version of SpaceX's rocket, namely Falcon 9 with its SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, you have to pay $ 55 million in order to be able to reach the international space station and stay there for a period of 8 days.
For the first manned flight of the New Shepard rocket with two brothers Jeff and Mark Bezos, pilots Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, the place that was auctioned reached a value of $ 28 million. The astronauts remained in space for 1-2 minutes with a peak above 106 km altitude.
According to Jeff Bezos, the cost to refurbish the rocket after it has been used is only $ 10,000. The rocket costs around $ 10 million, the fuel, which is hydrogen and oxygen, is worth $ 50,000. The lifespan of the rocket is 25 missions. If we divide the price of a rocket by 25 and add fuel and refurbishment costs, then divide this amount by 6 (6 seats), we arrive at $ 67,000 per ticket. . This is the minimum price, to which it is necessary to add the cost of the expenses due to the personnel who take care of the launch, the cost of the maintenance of the launch facilities, and especially the development costs. Then you have to add profitability so that you can invest in other future projects, such as Blue Moon, the robotic space cargo transporter and lunar lander.
Thus, it is very likely that the ticket price for Blue Origin's New Shepard will be similar to that of Virgin Galactic with the VSS Unity. Namely $ 250,000.
Over time and cost reduction, the price of the ticket will certainly drop to around $ 50,000, which is what Virgin Galactic wants to offer its customers in a few years.
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