A well-known private American aerospace research and development company, Blue Origin, has recently revealed its plans after the success of their "in-flight escape test." It was said that it is anticipating full-fledged space tourists by 2018, the company allegedly plans to fly test astronauts by next year.
As per CBS News, Blue Origin, which is also owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was found to be in the process of developing a reusable New Shepard system that aims to produce regular courses of carrying up to six space tourists, researchers or even experiments on a short duration of sub-orbital flights above the observable atmosphere for even up to some 62 miles and up, known as the unrestrained boundary of space.
Reports have been revealed that once a passenger is separated from the booster, he/she will the allegedly experience four to five minutes of weightlessness before returning back to Earth. It is said to guarantee a spectacular view of the planet's curved limb through the largest windows that have ever been designed for specific spaceflights.
In a report released by Futurism, Rob Meyerson, Blue Origin's president has further revealed that while the company plans to fly test astronauts by next year, commercial flights would be formally launched in 2018.
Furthermore, the New Shepard vehicle was reportedly made up of a rocket and a capsule, describing it as a "picture-perfect test." Meanwhile, as far as the plans are concerned, Meyerson has also expressed his joy as everything has been working so well.
It might seem as though Elon Musk and SpaceX have their target market cornered on commercial space travel, but other companies, such as Blue Origin, are steadily arising out of the woodwork, ready to give its competitors a run for the huge amounts of money that they have invested. With SpaceX and Blu Origin, the future of spaceflights is closer than ever to the common man.