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- Jeff Bezos is soon launching the initial passenger bookings for his space tourism company, Blue Origin.
- The company enters into a blooming market of commercial space travel.
- A single Blue Origin compartment can currently hold about six people.
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and CEO, will soon open up seats for sale with his burgeoning space tourism company, Blue Origin.
The company, which Bezos founded in 2000, aims to promote conservation on Earth through exploring space and its potential resources.
Tickets will soon be available for its launch vehicle named the New Shepard, which is reusable and powered by the company’s BE-3 engine, similarly to commercial airplanes — although it blasts through the Earth’s atmosphere at forces equal to three times Earth’s gravitational pull thanks to a 60-foot tall rocket.
The capsule — the hub where passengers will sit — is currently designed for up to six people. The ride is relatively short, with tourists visiting space for about 11 minutes.
The formal announcement of the program was released via a YouTube video.
More details will be released on May 5. The price is currently unknown.
Blue Origin is now set to compete against other space travel companies, most notably, Elon Musks’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic has endeavored to pave a similar road to Blue Origin, offering registration for passengers interested in flying aboard one of their ships.
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