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Blue Origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket's capsule

It's decidedly more luxurious than what you've seen in other spacecraft.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
March 29, 2017
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Blue Origin has given you plenty of glimpses of the outside of its tourism-oriented New Shepard rocket, but what about the inside -- you know, the place where you'll spend all of your time? You now have an idea of what to expect. Jeff Bezos' spaceflight operation has released its first interior photos of New Shepard's capsule, and it's clear that we've come a long way from the days of cramped, utilitarian spacecraft cabins. The windows are enormous (just shy of 43 inches tall), and the interior is relatively spacious. You won't mistake the capsule for a cruise ship, but it's undoubtedly designed for civilian sightseers used to some creature comforts.

Gallery: Blue Origin New Shepard capsule | 4 Photos

Not surprisingly, the environment is decidely posher than the mission-focused cabins of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner. The jury's still out on comparisons to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, but it's reasonable to presume that you'd get a better view from Blue Origin's vessel.

The press will get to see a mockup of the capsule in Colorado Springs between April 3rd and April 6th. Unfortunately, it'll be daunting to see the inside for yourself. Blue Origin isn't expected to start its suborbital tourist launches until 2018 at the earliest, and it's safe to say that tickets will cost more (possibly much more) than your usual airfare. Think of this more as a peek into the long-term future of private space travel than a preview of what you'll be doing next year.

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