Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos offered a look inside the capsule New Shepard, the suborbital space travel vehicle. He released some images illustrating what the flying experience might have been like on board.
"Our new Shepard flight testing program focuses on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system," Bezos said in an e-mail statement. "In parallel, we have been designing the inside of the capsule with an eye towards precision engineering, safety and comfort."
The interior has six seats with large windows for a great view of our planet.
"Every seat is a window seat," Bezos said.
What looks like a console in the center of the capsule is actually the exhaust engine to protect future passengers from any anomaly during launch. Unlike the Apollo exhaust system that used a "tower" exhaust engine located at the top of the capsule to "pull" the crew cabin from a failing reinforcement, the New Shepard exhaust system is mounted Below the capsule, A potentially explosive enhancer. Blue Origin successfully tested this escapes engine in October 2016 during an in-flight test.
The Blue Suborbital rocket bears the name of Alan Shepard, NASA's first astronaut who took a suborbital space voyage in 1961. His orbital rocket will be called New Glenn, named after John Glenn, the First American in orbit. Blue Origin is also developing a larger rocket to bring payloads beyond Earth's orbit, and have named that vehicle after Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon.
Blue origin has not yet launched a timeline of when its first paying passengers will be flying; All that Bezos has said is that he hopes to fly as soon as possible.
The trading company describes the experience this way:
After an exciting launch, it will rise more than 100 km above Earth, beyond the internationally recognized boundary of space. You will help to extend the legacy of space explorers who have come before you, while pioneering access to the space frontier for everyone.
Sitting on top of a 60 foot tall rocket in a capsule designed for six people, you'll feel the engine blazing and roaring beneath you as it rises through the atmosphere. Accelerating by more than 3 Gs to faster than Mach 3, you will be counted as one of the few who have gone these speeds and crossed into space.