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Jeff Bezos just revealed a mock-up of the spacecraft his rocket company will use to take tourists into space

Dave Mosher
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blue origin capsule

(An illustration of the New Shepard's space capsule detaching from its reusable rocket.Blue Origin)

Jeff Bezos has revealed new images of a concept of a capsule that his rocket company, Blue Origin, plans to use to ferry adventurous tourists into space.

The photos and illustrations, which Bezos emailed to a listserv on Wednesday, show the inside of a mock-up spacecraft that's supposed to resemble its close-to-final form.

"We've been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety, and comfort. Here's a sneak peek," said Bezos, also the founder of Amazon.

Blue Origin plans to attach a flight-ready version of the capsule to the top of its reusable, liquid-fueled New Shepard rocket system.

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new shepard space capsule interior blue origin 01

(A photo of the capsule mock-up's exterior.Blue Origin)

Each launch will rocket a handful of wealthy tourists more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth on a roughly 11-minute trip.

Near the top of a high arc, the rocket will detach from the space capsule, which will fall toward the ground, granting passengers about four minutes of weightlessness and letting them take in an incredible view of the fringes of our planet's outer atmosphere.

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new shepard space capsule interior blue origin 02

(What the inside of Blue Origin's capsule will look like.Blue Origin)

"Every window's a seat" inside the capsule, Bezos said.

He also said his capsule would have the "largest windows ever in space."

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new shepard space capsule interior blue origin 03

(An illustration of space tourists on a flight inside the capsule.Blue Origin)

Parachutes will deploy from the capsule, bringing it to a soft landing on terra firma.

The New Shepard rocket, meanwhile, will land itself for another launch with another batch of tourists.

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blue origin

(Courtesy of Blue Origin)

A mock-up of the spacecraft will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from April 3-6 at the 33rd Space Symposium, according to the email.

"The high-fidelity capsule mock-up will be on display alongside the New Shepard reusable booster that flew to space and returned five times," Bezos said.

Blue Origin is also working on a bigger rocket system, called New Glenn, which is expected to launch payloads, like satellites, into orbit.

Bezos' announcement comes just a day before SpaceX, owned by the tech billionaire Elon Musk, plans to relaunch one of its used Falcon 9 rocket boosters.

Experts have said SpaceX's launch could be "potentially revolutionary" in reducing the cost of access to space, since its rocket system can loft satellites and cargo into orbit.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company, Bezos Expeditions.

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