The company, owned by multi-billionaire and now former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, intends to send wealthy tourists into space and is nothing like Virgin Galactic – a company founded by billionaire Richard Branson who plans to eventually send wealthy tourists into space.
This is the message conveyed loud and clear by Blue Origin in a series of tweets Friday who try to distinguish between the two companies. Specifically, Blue Origin pointed out all the ways its offering is likely superior.
These include the following:
- Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule is perched on top of a rocket, while Virgin Galactic offers a ride in a sort of space plane.
- The Blue Origin capsule takes tourists to around 100 kilometers above sea level, while the Virgin Galactic plane is said to reach heights of around 80 kilometers. According to National Geographic, NASA, Federal Aviation Administration, US Air Force and NOAA, space technically begins at about 80 kilometers.
- And, perhaps most important of all, Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule has the “largest windows in space.”
While having large windows on a space tourism tour looks nice, it’s not clear if the view offered by Virgin Galactic will be inferior.
Virgin Galactic to take off July 11, with the new Blue Origin capsule, the departure is scheduled for July 20.
It’s true, to be fair, that the transportation methods offered by Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are quite different. Looked.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo on a test flight in 2018.
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com Inc. and Founder of Blue Origin LLC, speaks during the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard System at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Bezos has reinvested the money he has made at Amazon since he launched his space exploration company more than a decade ago, and plans to launch paying tourists into space within two years. Photographer: Matthew Staver / Bloomberg via Getty Images
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But as long as they both bring paying tourists into space and make it home safely, it will be up to those who shell out (huge amounts) of money to decide whether one is inherently better than the other.