COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Blue Origin founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says people who buy a ticket to fly on his company’s space tourism vehicle New Shepard will need to use the bathroom before flight, and they’d better not get sick during the trip — the company has no plans to install systems to deal with human waste.
New Shepard is the reusable, suborbital vehicle produced by Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin. Bezos, who is also founder and CEO of Amazon.com, said that after years of test flights, he is hopeful that Blue Origin will fly customers in 2018. He emphasized, however, that the company will only start flying humans on New Shepard “when it’s ready.”
On Wednesday April 5, at the 33rd annual Space Symposium, Bezos and Blue Origin revealed new details about the experience that space tourists will have on New Shepard. Bezos also discussed the company’s efforts to anticipate customer demand for space tourism, and a possible lottery for anyone who can’t afford a trip aboard New Shepard. [Jeff Bezos Reveals ‘Sneak Peek’ of Blue Origin’s Space Tourism Capsule]