Who is Oliver Damon? Financier’s 18-year-old son will join Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin spaceflight
Climbing high and looking far away is no longer an unattainable dream, Earthlings have finally made enough progress to achieve what was once thought to be unimaginable. Sir Richard Branson flew to the edge of space on July 11, returning to Earth on a Virgin Galactic airliner. Whether he was really the first person to go into space in his own spacecraft after scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson is up for debate , which is suborbital at best.
His rival Jeff Bezos’ company, Blue Origin, a privately funded aerospace manufacturer and suborbital space services company, has designed a reusable suborbital rocket system. Bezos will embark on his first trip to space on July 20. Along with the former Amazon CEO were three other passengers, including Bezos’ personal invitee Mercury 13 pilot Wally Funk. He was also accompanied on the trip by his brother, Mark Bezos. Blue Origin auctioned off a seat on its first manned spaceflight on Saturday, June 12.
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Bids opened at $4.8 million, surpassed $20 million in the first few minutes, and the unnamed winning bidder paid $28 million, which earned him a place in spaceflight. However, due to an as yet undisclosed scheduling conflict, the man has rescheduled his trip. Instead, 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen will now sit next to Bezos on the journey after his father won the bid. Here’s what you need to know about the lucky teenager.
Who is Oliver Damon?
Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics major, was the first paying customer and the youngest person ever to fly into space. He was given his seat after his spaceflight seat was emptied, according to a Blue Origin spokeswoman, who did not disclose any details about the cost of his airfare. “Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us carve the path to space,” Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said in a statement.
According to LinkedIn, Daemen is from Tilburg, North Brabender, the Netherlands. A student at the Catholic secondary school Odulphuslyceum, he joined Grupo One Air Aviation, a flight training centre in Spain, last year, where he obtained his private pilot’s license. He is the son of Joes Daemen, founder of the investment firm Somerset Capital Partners BV. A spokeswoman for the family revealed that Daimen’s space ticket was a gift from his father because of his interest in space and aviation. Daemen will fly into space with brothers Bezos and Wally Funk on July 20 at 9AM ET. The flight is expected to last 11 minutes, and the launch can be watched live on Blue Origin’s website.
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