Jeff Bezos, the billionaire who owns Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company, argued that the New Shepard spacecraft could have many uses. This capsule has been primarily developed as a space tourism spaceship. The new spacecraft is a suborbital capsule which is bound to set off and engage in 11-minute trips to space after customers pay a certain fee.
The CEO of Blue Origin argued that the New Shepard spacecraft may also be used for scientific purposes
This new capsule can also be used to develop science experiments, analyzing the effects of the weightlessness and the space environment. The spaceship’s rocket boost is a reusable one which will return to Earth after the launching process, landing vertically. During the 33rd annual Space Symposium, the president of Blue Origin, Rob Meyerson, declared that specialists could implement new applications for the new rocket.
During the conference, Jeff Bezos has also stated that there is a possibility of plugging another space booster to New Shepard and, thus, using the dual-stage capsule to mount satellites into orbit. For Blue Origin, one of the benefits brought by the New Shepard system is the fact that it helps the spaceflight company to build their orbital rocket named New Glenn. Bezos noted that the new spaceship would also feature a reusable booster which will drop back down to our planet after launching.
Specialists at the company will reuse the spacecraft’s booster for other spaceflights
Bezos explains that the company learned many things while developing the New Shepard craft, like the materials they thought about using, the type of bearings or the seals they wanted to implement. All these details helped them learn through actual practice. It is said that the company will use the New Shepard rocket to create Blue Moon. This is a new program which was announced by the company, meant to launch cargo payloads to the moon.
This announcement regarding the new Blue Origin project came the same week that SpaceX announced their plans of sending into space, on a trip to the moon, two customers who will pay for their seats. Nevertheless, this coincidence has triggered media to draw comparisons between the two spaceflight companies. They are both pursuing the idea of reusing the boosters they develop to diminish the cost of delivering payloads into space, and they are both held by billionaire entrepreneurs.
Bezos argued that their purpose is to develop reusable rocket boosters which can be reused immediately after a spaceflight, without laborious inspections or restoration.
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