What you need to be able to do as a private astronaut at BlueOrigin

BlueOrigin, the space company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has now announced the date of its first manned space flight. The New Shepard capsule will cross the official boundary to space in a suborbital flight. This means that all passengers will subsequently be real astronauts.

You can bid for a seat on the first flight on July 20 at BlueOrigin. The company has now announced the requirements that candidates must meet. Namely these (translated into everyday requirements):

  • Height between 1.52 m and 1.84 m.
  • Weight between 50 and 101 kg (110 / 223 lbs.).
  • Capable of donning a one-piece zippered flight suit
  • Able to climb 7 stories in 90 seconds
  • Able to stand on a 7th floor balcony with ease
  • Open and close seat belt in 15 seconds
  • Spend up to 90 minutes in a supine position without access to a toilet
  • Last up to 90 minutes with five other people in a cramped capsule with the hatch closed
  • Endure three times your own weight for two minutes
  • Endure five and a half times one’s own weight for a few seconds
  • Understand English voice instructions in ambient noise up to 100 dB
  • Recognize and respond to six different warning lights (glasses/contact lenses allowed)
  • Climb down from a table independently

Who is now wondering when and why a space traveler has to climb down from a table: It is about the time shortly after landing. The height of the hatch is approximately the same as the height of a table.

There are no age restrictions. The astronaut himself or herself is also responsible for the medical assessment of fitness for flight. Of course, a release of liability must be signed before launch.

I am curious, especially what a ticket will then cost in regular flight operations. The auction will certainly not end under one million.

The flight profile of the New Shepard capsule (Image: BlueOrigin).

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  • BrandonQMorris
  • Brandon Q. Morris es físico y especialista en el espacio. Lleva mucho tiempo preocupado por las cuestiones espaciales, tanto a nivel profesional como privado, y aunque quería ser astronauta, tuvo que quedarse en la Tierra por diversas razones. Le fascina especialmente el "qué pasaría si" y a través de sus libros pretende compartir historias convincentes de ciencia ficción dura que podrían suceder realmente, y que algún día podrían suceder. Morris es autor de varias novelas de ciencia ficción de gran éxito de ventas, como la serie Enceladus.

    Brandon es un orgulloso miembro de la Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America y de la Mars Society.