On Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shared new photos of the posh interior of the crew capsule for Blue Origin, his aerospace company.
The crew in those capsules will consist of six people, who will take brief trips to the 100-kilometer-high Kármán line, aka the edge of space, which include a few moments of weightlessness before the capsule parachutes back to Earth. The trips are scheduled to begin as soon as 2018. While Blue Origin has much bigger plans involving building rocket engines that will launch trips to deep space, the space tourism jaunts are a chance to research and finance technological advancement.
Our New Shepard flight test program is focused on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system. In parallel, we’ve been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety, and comfort. Here’s a sneak peek.
Here are all the photos of the Blue Origin crew capsule:
Anybody skeptical of vaporware, aka stuff that doesn’t exist yet, will note these are all illustrations, not actual photographs, Bezos also noted in the email that “a high-fidelity capsule mockup will be on display” at the 33rd Space Symposium April 3-6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“Come see this for yourself,” Bezos encouraged.