Η Blue Origin, his aerospace company Jeff Bezos, is very close to offering an awesome experience to those who want to take a short walk in space with the sub-orbital launch vehicle New shepard. The rocket, which has been designed for various scientific missions but also for space tourism, has been tested and many tests have been performed. But now the dream of space travel seems closer than ever, as Blue Origin has revealed that it will begin to sells the first tickets soon. More details will be given on May 5.
The company announced its plans through a video released on Thursday.
Specific details for the ticket price and the date of the trip have not been given. Blue Origin has been in the testing and development process of the New Shepard for several years. The goal is to be able to to travel safely people. In the latest missile missions, the company has essentially focused on controlling some of the latest data. The communication possibilities as well as how comfortable the cabins are were tested.
The CEO of Blue Origin, Bob Smith, declined to give details of the cost of the flights, but said it would be a few hundred thousand dollars. It is expected that the ticket price for such a trip will be extremely high. We must not forget that we are talking about a short trip to space.
The 11-minute New Shepard space tour will start in the West Texas Desert and allow passengers to get an idea of space, reaching an altitude of more than 340.000 feet, according to the company's website.
The space where the space tourists will be, has windows, which will allow them to have a complete picture of the outside space. The passengers will remain at zero gravity for several minutes before returning to Earth. The New Shepard is designed to carry six people.
Blue Origin, founded by the billionaire Jeff Bezos in 2000, aims to make access to space more economical and reliable by using missiles that can be used over and over again.
Blue Origin 's main competitor is SpaceX by Elon Musk, and both companies have similar goals.
Sources: Techcrunch, Business Insider