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Oliver Daemen, 18-Year-Old Teen Who Goes To Space with Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space airline company, has just announced an 18-year-old teenager named Oliver Daemen will fly into space along with three other people.

Space tourism. BlueOrigin/AFP
Space tourism. BlueOrigin/AFP

It is known, Oliver will replace the mysterious figure who successfully won one seat in a recent auction for Rp. 398 billion.

Quoting CNBC via Gizmodo, Friday (16/7/2021), the mysterious figure canceled from New Shepard’s inaugural flight due to a scheduling conflict.

“We’re moving [Daemen] to fill these first flight seats as they become available,” Blue Origin told CNBC.

Fresh out of school, Oliver is a student majoring in physics and has a private pilot’s license. This turns out to be the son of the CEO of Somerset Capital Partners, Joes Daemen.

New Shepard, Blue Origin's rocket that successfully carried out a mission for the second time (source: blueorigin.com)
New Shepard, Blue Origin’s rocket that successfully carried out a mission for the second time (source: blueorigin.com)

Scheduled to launch on July 20, 2021, the crew of the New Shepard rocket plane consists of Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and aviation pioneer Wally Funk.

Although this was the first manned flight into space by Blue Origin, the New Shepard rocket has managed to fly more than a dozen times without incident.

With Oliver (18 years old) and Wally (82 years old), the flight will set a concurrent record for the youngest and oldest people to ever travel to space.

Blue Origin Space Flight Seat Price

BlueOrigin. (Photo: CNN Money)
BlueOrigin. (Photo: CNN Money)

Recently, Blue Origin has officially announced the winner of the auction to fly into space.

The auction reached a value of US$ 28 million or equivalent to Rp 398 billion at the virtual auction.

Blue Origin announced the auction win via the official Twitter account. The auction is known to be opened at a value of US $ 4.9 million or around RP 69 billion with more than 20 bidders participating.

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