An 18-year-old physics student whose father runs an investment management company in the Netherlands. He will fly to space with American billionaire Jeff Bezos on Tuesday—instead of investing $28 million in auctions. people. Bezos’ Blue Origin’s first space travel flight.
Oliver Daemen will join the four civilian crew members scheduled to fly on Tuesday and become the youngest person to enter space after the auction winner (whose name has not yet been made public) withdrew due to an unspecified “scheduling conflict” People. Blue Origin said on Thursday. This news made Daemen the company’s first paying customer.
According to Blue Origin, this also means that the flight will include the oldest person ever-82-year-old pioneering female pilot Wally Fink-and the youngest person.
Joining them in the Blue Origin suborbital launch will be Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos.
Blue Origin said that Daemen is working hard to obtain his pilot license and plans to enter Utrecht University in the Netherlands in September to study physics and innovation management. His father, Joe Daemen, is the CEO and founder of Somerset Capital Partners, a Dutch investment company based in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands.
Blue Origin said that the elder Daemen “paid for the seat and chose to ride Oliver.” The company declined to say how much it paid.
The company said in a press release: “A ride on the new Shepard will realize Oliver’s lifelong dream. He has been fascinated by space, the moon and rockets since he was four years old.”
Bezos has been competing with billionaire rivals Richard Branson and Elon Musk as they seek to open a new era of commercial space travel in the tourism market, which UBS estimates that this market may be possible every year for ten years. Valued at 3 billion U.S. dollars.
New Shepard is an 18.3 meter high, fully autonomous rocket and capsule combination that cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft. The launch will take place at a site in western Texas.
On Sunday, British billionaire businessman Branson carried out a groundbreaking suborbital flight from New Mexico on a Virgin Galactic rocket plane.