Jeff Bezos reportedly plans to charge at least 200,000 for rides to space next year

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, reportedly plans to charge passengers about 200,000 to 300,000 for its first trips into space next year.

One Blue Origin employee with first-hand knowledge of the pricing plan said the company will start selling tickets in the range of about 200,000 to 300,000. A second employee said tickets would cost a minimum of 200,000.

The company has already released a general design of the vehicle, comprising of a launch rocket and detachable passenger capsule.

The New Shepard space vehicle is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles above Earth into suborbital space, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet.

SEATTLE Reuters - Jeff Bezos' rocket company plans to charge passengers about 200,000 to 300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.

Potential customers and the aerospace industry have been eager to learn the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle, to find out if it is affordable and whether the company can generate enough demand to make a profit on space tourism.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Rolex watches are so expensiveSee Also:HTC's sales dipped nearly 68 percent in June, making the slump the company's biggest in two yearsSoftBank is buying 2 billion of Yahoo Japan shares held by the shell company left over from YahooRepublican lawmakers want to know if Apple and Google are collecting users' audio recordings without consentSEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin plans to land on the moon by 2023