Blue Origins Previews New Shepard Space Tourism Capsule

Posted: Mar 30 2017, 3:27pm CDT | by , Updated: Mar 30 2017, 3:30pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Blue Origins Previews New Shepard Space Tourism Capsule
A visualization of the interior of Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle, which the company plans to use to ferry tourists on short trips to space. Credit: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origins releases images of New Shepard capsule for space travel

The private spaceflight company, by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has revealed the interior of their capsule

Blue Origins, the private spaceflight company owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos just released images of its New Shepard capsule which is slated to be used for space travel. The images show the interior of the New Shepard passenger capsule.

According to Blue Origins, the capsule will be used to send human passengers into space for brief trips. Passengers will be able to look out of the window of the capsule into space.

The windows of the capsule are already being called the largest windows ever in space by the company. Back in October 2016 the company revealed they are planning to launch their first ever human test flight by end of 2017, according to Space.com.

Meanwhile regular customer flights will begin by 2018. The rocket containing the capsule has already allegedly launched and landed five times into space successfully.

The capsule will be able to go into the suborbital altitude which is high enough to see space but not enough to reach completely out of the loop of the planet.

The flights on the New Shepard will last for approximately 11 minutes. Other than an adventurous ride the capsule can also function as a micro-gravity laboratory for research purposes.

The released images show the capsule has black seats with blue piping. The seats of the capsule have been emblazoned with the Blue Origin feather logo.

In 2016 Bezos also revealed Blue Origin will eventually carry out tourism flights on higher altitudes than even the capacity of the New Shepard capsule.

This is possible if their New Glenn orbital rocket reaches the end of its current production phase. Only the very first passengers of the New Shepard capsule will be given access to the new orbital space trips.

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