When 18-year-old Oliver Damon, along with billionaire Jeff Bezos, participates in the first flight of the Blue Origin spacecraft, he will become the youngest astronaut in history, the company announced yesterday.
Oliver Damon, who finished high school in 2020, holds a private pilot’s license, and is the first passenger on a “Blue Origin” flight who paid for his ticket, but he is not the winner of the $28 million auction for a seat in the vehicle, and the company reported that this passenger requested anonymity. He will travel on a future mission.
The announcement marks the “beginning of commercial operations” for Blue Origin’s New Shepherd, according to company president Bob Smith. “Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help build a path to space,” he said.
Participation in the “New Shepherd” trip will allow Oliver Damon to realize his life’s dream, as he has been fascinated by space, the moon and missiles, since he was four years old.