A cryptocurrency entrepreneur paid $28 million to fly Blue Origin into space, but missed his flight.

Blue Origin has announced the winner of an auction held six months ago to visit space on the first New Shepard mission from West Texas.

Sun was identified on Wednesday and said he had purchased five additional seats in addition to his $28 million offer. He will select five people to ride alongside him in the fourth quarter of 2022.

“I won the auction 6 months ago but missed the launch,” Sun said on Twitter. “However, that hasn’t stopped my love for space. So I’m very happy to share this news and turn this opportunity into a trip with 5 other warriors to space with me because I believe the space belongs to everyone!

Sun is best known for founding the cryptocurrency platform Tron, although last week he announced that he was phasing out his leadership role at Tron and had accepted a new role as an ambassador and Permanent Representative of Grenada to the World Trade Organization. Originally from China, Sun has lived in the Caribbean nation since 2019 and holds citizenship, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg also reported that Sun, 31, gained notoriety for his high-profile bidding events, including a delayed meeting with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. He won an auction for lunch with Buffett, but that meal was delayed after he was forced to apologize on Chinese social media for ‘excessively’ promoting his meal with one of the most popular people. richest in America. And during the GameStop investment saga, Sun invested $10 million in the company, he told Bloomberg TV.

For the Blue Origin flight, Sun said the five people selected to fly with him “will hold special status in their field while having a strong will to explore space.” The first person will be a prominent figure in the crypto world, and the second person will be a TRON DAO community member with a strong passion for space. The third, fourth, and fifth slots will go to a tech entrepreneur, artist, and celebrity, respectively.

“Thanks to @JeffBezos who has always been my idol,” Sun tweeted. “His valuable experience gave me a lot of inspiration for entrepreneurship. Today he is actively involved in space exploration. This enthusiasm for technology and the future inspired me a lot.

The $28 million Sun paid for his space trip went to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, and was used to provide 19 space-based charities with $1 million. each. These nonprofits included Space Center Houston and SciArt Exchange, a Houston organization that offers competitions and events to bring the arts together with space, science, and technology.

Blue Origin did not disclose how much Sun paid for the other five seats. When asked why Sun did not fly the first mission, a spokesperson said Sun asked to be scheduled for a later flight.

New Shepard is a reusable suborbital rocket system, which means Sun and his companions will make a quick jaunt through space and back without circling the Earth. Their entire journey will take approximately 10 minutes.

The 63-foot-tall system consists of a rocket booster and a crew capsule that launch together and then separate as they approach the Kármán line 62 miles above Earth. The capsule will roll further over this line as the booster returns for a controlled, rocket-propelled vertical landing.

Inside the spacecraft, occupants have time to admire Earth before three stabilizer parachutes are deployed to slow and stabilize the capsule. These are followed by three main parachutes. Then, just before touchdown, a back-thrust system expels a cloud of air under the capsule.

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