Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s billionaire founder, has great news for members of the public who want to reach the stars. According to today’s Engadget, his company, Blue Origin, is aiming for test flights for the public in 2018. On Tuesday, he held the first-ever tour of Blue Origin’s 300,000 square foot rocket facility near Seattle, Washington, for members of the press.
Bezos said that teams are building capsules designed with windows that make up a third of the capsule walls. Each capsule is expected to hold a party of six. Fuel tanks are also under construction for Blue Origin’s New Shepard space tourism rockets, named for American astronaut, Alan Shepard. Travelers will experience a thrilling launch and soar over 100 km above the Earth, beyond the internationally recognized edge of space, with landings anticipated just miles from the launch site.
While Blue Origin isn’t taking deposits yet, Bezos says thousands of people are interested in a trip on a suborbital craft. And Bezos believes expanding into the solar system is a practical vision for our future. Said Bezos, “We’re not going to find another Earth, and we can’t cover the whole surface of the earth with solar cells. We only have a few hundred years to figure this out.” Interested in reserving your window seat? Here’s the link!