Blue Origin: Dutch Teen on Space Flight Told Jeff Bezos He Had Never Ordered From Amazon


The Dutch teenager who turned the world’s youngest house traveller this week stunned billionaire Jeff Bezos on the flight by telling him he’d by no means ordered something on

Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics scholar, accompanied Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old feminine aviator Wally Funk – the oldest individual to go to house – on a 10-minute journey past Earth’s environment.

Bezos funded exploration firm Blue Origin by promoting billions of {dollars}’ value of inventory in his on-line supply enterprise Amazon.

“I told Jeff, like, I’ve actually never bought something from Amazon,” Daemen informed Reuters in an interview on Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. “And he was like, ‘oh, wow, it’s a long time ago I heard someone say that’.”

Daemen, who was picked after one other candidate bidding $28 million for the experience cancelled on the final minute, discovered he can be becoming a member of the flight whereas on a household vacation in Italy.

“They called and said: Are you still interested?’ and we were like ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!'”

Daemen had dreamt of house journey since he was a child, adopted each growth by house exploration corporations like Blue Origin and acquired his pilot’s licence at a younger age.

“We didn’t pay even close to $28 million (roughly Rs. 208.40 crores), but they chose me because I was the youngest and I was also a pilot and I also knew quite a lot about it already.”

Ping-pong in house
Reality nonetheless hasn’t sunk in three days after the journey.

“I don’t think I realised it until I was in the rocket: ‘wow, it’s really happening’,” he mentioned. “It was my ultimate, ultimate goal … but I never thought it was going to be this soon.”

The crew obtained two days of security coaching, however nothing very onerous, mentioned Daemen, who will be seen in a video of the journey tossing ping-pong balls in weightlessness with Jeff Bezos.

“That was super cool. It’s so weird to be weightless. It was easier than I had expected. It was kind of like being in water.”

Daemen, who is about to begin at Utrecht University in September, mentioned he was unsure what he wished to do later in life, however would significantly think about a profession in house journey.

Asked what it was like travelling in a rocket ship with a billionaire, he answered with a large smile: “They were super fun and all down to earth, as funny as that may sound.”

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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