He probably wouldn’t want to say “shotgun”.
In what could make for an odd road trip, the 18-year-old riding to orbit with Jeff Bezos appears to be a big fan of Elon Musk.
Oliver Damon will become the youngest person in space after the original paying customer dropped his $28m ticket aboard a New Shepard rocket. He had double-booked the July 20 takeoff.
A new one . In Twitter handle For what appears to be June 21, Mr Damon follows only 11 accounts as of Thursday morning, none of which belong to Mr Bezos.
However, Mr. Musk, with SpaceX’s official account, is a fierce competitor to Mr. Bezos and his Blue Origin company. Mr Oliver follows Richard Branson’s official account of Blue Origin with Virgin Galactic, NASA and the International Space Station.
Besides Mr Musk, they currently only follow four other personalities, which are US Space Force General Jay Raymond, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Root and Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen.
On a gap year the Netherlands high-school graduate, obliged to the University of Utrecht to study physics and innovation management, was announced After the original ticket holder was out as the last passenger and a runner-up was offered a seat.
Blue Origin said it would “fulfill a lifelong dream” for Oliver, who has been fascinated by space, the moon and rockets since the age of four. He did not say how he was selected or how much he was paid for the ticket.
In live auction Streamed on 12 June, bids began among 20 bidders at $4.8m, raising up to $1m until the runner-up bid on $27m, before hitting sales at $28m.
Unless Mr. Oliver had the best summer job ever for a teenager, his father Jose Damon is a likely candidate for the winning bid he offered to his son.
Mr Damon is the CEO and founder of Hedgefund Somerset Capital Partners, which he says was founded in 2009 to combine his background in real estate investing, financial markets and private equity. who investigates.
He will join Wally Funk, who is 82 years old and will become the oldest person to go into space. Mr Bezos and his brother Mark will make up the rest of the passengers.
“We thank the auction winner for the club’s generous support for the future and are honored to welcome Oliver to fly with us at New Shepard.” said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith. “It marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build the road to space.”