11 months ago
The future of space travel looks…comfortable.
Blue Origin just pulled the cover off the interior of its tourism spacecraft, New Shepard. And as far as spacecraft go, it’s in its own orbit.
This six-seater pod basically has floor-to-ceiling windows—just shy of 43 inches tall, Engadget reports.
Instead of the usual utilitarian astronaut seats, New Shepard boasts recliner-like chairs with a supporting neck cradle. The photos also reveal the sleek suits tourists might don on their 62-mile journey to space, which may start as early as next year.
The cushy capsule was unveiled by the space company’s backer Jeff Bezos—Amazon founder and, according to Business Insider, now the second richest man in the world—in advance of a full press preview on April 3rd.
“Our New Shepard flight test program is focused on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system,” Bezos wrote via email. “In parallel, we’ve been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety, and comfort.”