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A Space Coast man buys a seat on a Blue Origin flight from Texas

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Blue Origin’s sixth launch will take off from Texas on Thursday, and a Space Coast native has a seat on the flight.


Last year, Steve Young sold his family business, Young’s Communications, and says being exposed to pitches all his life opened the door for this venture.

“I grew up here. I think I was inspired by it,” he said.

The 59-year-old Indialantic man is one of six people launching the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.

“This is the booster, this will launch, and once we cross the Karman line, six astronauts, six seats,” Young described, using the New Shepard model given to him by the company. “A twelve-minute ride, with two or three minutes of floating.”

Young even customized his truck with a reflective wrap and pen, like the Blue Origin logo, to commemorate the special day.

You may also bring some items on the flight.

“I’ve got three pounds of stuff to carry, which will officially be in space,” Young said. “Because I live in Florida, I’m going to take linden seeds and try to get them to grow, and I can. I have a space tree and I can cut space limes,” he said.

The New Shepard release window opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on August 4.

A Space Coast man buys a seat on a Blue Origin flight from Texas

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