New Shepard – A Rocket Dedicated to Tourists Who Want to Travel Suborbital Space

People are dreaming of reaching space and knowing what lied there, finding out the hidden secrets that only the astronauts are opportune to discover, and viewing the Earth from above. To make this come true, there is manufactured rocket created prior to this kind of mission.

Blue Origin has manufactured a rocket named New Shepard, which is designed for space tourism. It will take the passengers into the suborbital space inside of crew capsule. This capsule is featuring the large six observation windows, which is the largest ever created for spacecraft, according to Blue Origin. The company is founded by Jeff Bezos, an entrepreneur who made his fortune with the Amazon.

In 2013, Bezos bought the Washington Post, and the Forbes magazine had ranked him as the wealthiest person all over the world last March 2018. He got the highest ranks with the net worth of $112 billion.

New Shepard was given a name after Alan Shepard, an astronaut of NASA Mercury program and is the first American to blast off in space in 1961.

The New Shepard is said to be fully reusable, and in the recent month, the company had made seven test launching to make sure the reliability and function of the rocket. Last November 2015, New Shepard is the first reusable space rocket that able to successfully make soft landing on the ground , and beats out more popular SpaceX Falcon 9 booster by many weeks.

According to the article released by the SpaceNews, Blue Origin will not be bringing the passengers in space before the 2018 ends. However, the company had released details regarding the flight path.

If the passengers’ flight happens, the rocket will launch vertically for around two and a half minutes right before the rocket’s main engine cuts off. After that, the capsule will separate from the rocket, and the passengers will become weightless for nearly four minutes at the eleven-minute flight.

At the altitude of around 307,000 feet, the passengers will be high enough to see the curvature of the Earth. In space, the spacecraft would coast for few minutes before it re-enters the atmosphere. The rocket will then be landing using the autonomous and rocket-powered vertical landing system. However, the passengers of the Blue Origin will have the chance to enjoy the over ten times the space than the New Shepard in Freedom 7 spacecraft.

Space Tourism by New Shepard Rocket