Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket wins award for reusability, powered landings

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Blue Origin also released images this week of its design for the New Shepard crew capsule created to take paying space tourists on their ride ballistic ride through space.

Other firms like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic also plan to launch tourists into orbit in the near future.

Find out more about the Blue Origin "Astronaut Experience" on their website. The windows are constructed of multiple layers of fracture-tough transparencies, designed in order to provide the best view from inside the craft. Blue Origin's emphasis on tourism means the capsule is filled with large windows to allow stunning views of Earth.

"Every seat's a window seat", the email releasing the photos said. Windows are in fact large as it was announced, seats are placed around the center point of capsule, which is cylindrical in shape and illuminated device.

Our New Shepard flight test program is focused on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system.

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Ars Technica notes that Blue Origin has not yet disclosed how much a New Shepard space flight exactly costs, but estimates say that it would be at $100,000 to $200,000 for a 10-minute flight. But while the New Shepard focuses on tourism, the main objective for Crew Dragon is to send astronauts to the International Space Station. But we also designed the interior of the capsule with special attention to precision, safety and comfort. Their orbital rocket will be named New Glenn, named for John Glenn, the first American in orbit. This engine will power the rocket to space with 110,000 pounds of thrust and slow to just 5 miles per hour before landing back on earth.

The interior measures 530 square feet and includes six leather reclining seats with Blue Origin feather logos.

The capsule mock-up and the New Shepard reusable booster will be on display at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on April 3-6, Bezos said.

A visualization of the interior of Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle, which the company plans to use to ferry tourists on short trips to space.

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