=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Bidding to be the first paying customer on the New Shephard rocket from Blue Origin approached $3 million on Thursday, with additional bids to be placed in the coming days.
According to the company’s website, the highest bid is $2.8 million, up from $2.4 million on Wednesday.
The identity of the top bidder is not yet known and will not be known until bidding has stopped next month.
A company spokesperson said on Thursday it had no further updates to share regarding the number of bidders or where they were from.
Blue Origin named the New Shepard program after astronaut Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly into space exactly 60 years ago.
Blue Origin, founded in 2000, touts itself as means to provide cheaper access to space through the use of reusable rockets, specifically the New Shepard that has flown 15 times.
The rocket’s sole mission is to take tourists to space, who would travel inside a sleek, white capsule atop the vehicle.