Blue Origin Unveils Concept Images of First Tourist Capsules

Blue Origin’s space capsules feature six seats positioned by the “largest windows in space.” (BLUE ORIGIN)

Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has unveiled concept images of its first capsules capable of taking tourists to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

Bezos said he hopes the company will take its first paying passengers to space within two years. Images of the capsule’s design were shared in an email to a Listserv on Wednesday.

“We’ve been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety, and comfort. Here’s a sneak peak,” Bezos said. “Step inside… Every seat’s a window seat. The largest windows ever in space.”

Constructing windows that can withstand the stresses of exiting and reentering Earth’s atmosphere is a major challenge for Blue Origin. (BLUE ORIGIN)

The capsule will be attached to Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket, which would fly passengers 62 miles above Earth detaching itself from the capsule and landing. The capsule would use a parachute to return safely to Earth.

The New Shepard rocket was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy on Wednesday for “successfully demonstrating rocket booster reusability with the New Shepard human spaceflight vehicle through five successful test flights of a single booster and engine.”

It is not the first award that Blue Origin has won, but Bezos described the achievement as “personally meaningful” in a post on Twitter.

A concept image of the Blue Origin craft gives an idea of the size of the capsule. (BLUE ORIGIN)

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Anthony Cuthbertson