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Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos has revealed what the inside of his Blue Origin private spaceflight capsule would look like.
The New Shepherd Messenger Capsule interior is surprisingly roomy and will seat up to six passengers per flight. Costing of the flights hasn’t been released as of yet. The company, however, are expected to make their first manned flights in late 2017, with the first tourist flights planned for 2018.
The spacecraft is capable of reaching suborbital altitude, with flights expected to last around 11 minutes initially. This isn’t high enough to circle the globe although the company is developing other rockets capable of greater altitudes. In addition to being used for tourist flights, New Shepherd may also be used as a microgravity laboratory.
Blue Origin releases images of the inside of their first tourist space flight capsule
Blue Origin is the brainchild of Jeff Bezos with the aim of the company being to enable space flight at greatly reduced costs and to that end are developing some technologies to enable this.
One of the main differences between Blue Origin and other similar programs is that they are focusing on keeping costs down through the use of reusable components. Bezos is predicting that this will enable him to appeal to a larger market than the other space flight offerings on the market which for the most part price all but the very wealthy out of ever purchasing the product.
Bezos said of the New Shepherd:
“Our New Shepard flight-test program is focused on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system, “
Bezos is best known as the owner and founder of the Amazon group and as such is now the second richest man in the world behind Bill Gates. He overtook Warren Buffet only days ago to move into second place and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many are predicting that he will soon take the number one spot from long term frontrunner Gates, who at last count is worth $85.6 billion.
Keep up to date with Blue Origin and see the inside of New Shepherd here: