Published on : Friday, March 31, 2017
For those interested taking a trip to outer space, can try New Shepard passenger capsule, which is the brainchild of billionaire Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company, Blue Origin. It released new images on March 29 of the interior of the capsule, which the company says will be used to send paying customers on brief trips into space.
The images show sleek black seats, which will tilt back with passengers facing up when the rocket takes off. But the real fun will begin when the spacecraft reaches suborbital space and passengers will be able to get out of their seats and experience weightlessness and float in the roomy cabin.
Passengers will also be able to look out of the spacecraft’s windows, which will be the largest of its kind ever in space. Bezos said that the company was on track to make its first human test flights by the end of 2017, with the first customer flights taking place in 2018.
Besides its tourism function, the vehicle could serve as a microgravity laboratory, the company said. Blue Origin has made multiple successful test launches of its New Shepard vehicle, and these missions have included landing the spacecraft’s reusable rocket booster.
Space tourism isn’t the first venture solely by Blue Origin. Beforehand, Virgin Galactic has already started selling tickets for a trip to space aboard one of the company’s space planes. The private company World View is also offering tourism trips aboard high-altitude balloons.
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