Kent-based Blue Origin releases photos of capsule that could carry people into space

Kent-based Blue Origin released photos on Wednesday of its flight capsule that it expects to one day carry people into space atop its New Shepard rocket.

“Our New Shepard flight test program is focused on demonstrating the performance and robustness of the system,” Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said in an email to followers of the company. “In parallel, we’ve been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety and comfort.”

Bezos sent four photos in the email of the capsule’s cabin.

“Every seat’s a window seat,” he said. “The largest windows ever in space.”

Bezos said the high-fidelity capsule mock-up will be on display alongside the New Shepard reusable booster that flew to space and returned five times at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on April 3-6.

Company staff is designing the rocket to detach from the capsule. The capsule will then shoot into space before it comes down supported by parachutes to land in the water.

Blue Origin is building a rocket-production factory in Florida at Exploration Park, an area at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Brevard County. The 750,000 square-foot factory is expected to be done by the end of this year. The company broke ground on the project last June.

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