Can you travel in space?
So the answer is yes. Last week, you must have read the news that you can now travel to space. Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has concluded an online auction for the first seat on the New Shephard, a rocket system meant to take tourists into space. More than 7610 people from around 159 countries participated to book space travel seats for the new Shephard rocket system. This eventually went to the winning bid of $28 million. The winners of this bid are Bezos and his brother who will fly on New Shephard. Till now it has been successfully tested 7 times.
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What is “New Shephard”?
It is built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s Space Company called Blue Origin.
Named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shephard, the first American to go to space, New Shephard is our reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Karman line – the internationally recognized boundary of space. Whether you are an astronaut flying with Blue Origin or sending a payload to space, your 11-minute flight on New Shephard will be the experience of a lifetime.
In 2018, Blue Origin was one of the ten companies selected by NASA to conduct studies and advance technologies to collect process and use space-based resources for missions to the Moon and Mars.
About the design of new shephard:
Crew capsule: The New Shephard Crew Capsule is a pressurized crew capsule that can carry six people, and supports a “full-envelope” launch escape system that can separate the capsule from the booster rocket anywhere during the ascent.
Ring and wedge fins: It is used to reduce the fuel consumption on its flight back to earth.
Drag brakes: deploy from the ring fin to reduce the booster’s speed by half on its descent from space.
Engine: The Blue Engine-3 propels the rocket to space and restarts for a controlled pinpoint landing on the pad. The uniquely throttle able engine slows the booster down to just 8km/hr for landing. Others are Aft fins, landing gear.
Source: Blue Origin
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