The first paying customer to accompany Jeff Bezo for space travel has scheduling conflicts. According to BlueOrigin, the winner of the ticket auction who chose to remain anonymous has decided to fly on a future New Shepard mission due to scheduling conflicts.
He will be replaced by Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate. The young man obtained his private pilot’s license after taking a gap year in 2020. He has plans to study physics and innovation management at the Netherlands-based University of Utrecht in September.
According to Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin, “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.”
He further added, “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.”
The price of the ticket remains undisclosed and was paid by Daemen’s father Joes Daemen, CEO of Netherlands-based investment firm Somerset Capital Partners BV.
Daemen said in a video on Twitter, he was super excited to go into space, I’ve been dreaming about this all my life.