The crewmembers will board the vehicle only about 30 minutes before takeoff, Bezos said, which is part of the reason the company is not planning to have any kind of system in place for the passengers to urinate or defecate.
A digital representation of a passenger inside a Blue Origin New Shepard vehicle during flight. |
“Go to the bathroom in advance,” Bezos said. “The whole thing, from boarding until you’re back on the ground, is probably 40 or 41 minutes. So you’re going to be fine. You could dehydrate ever so slightly if you have a weak bladder.”
Many people get sick when they experience weightlessness. In fact, it’s so common that the nickname “Vomit Comet” has been given to an airplane that flies in parabolic arcs so that passengers experience 30-second bouts of weightlessness. But Bezos said vomiting doesn’t usually occur until about 3 hours into a flight.
“[People] don’t throw up right away,” he said. “We’re not going to worry about it. … It’s a delayed effect, and this journey takes 10 or 11 minutes. So you’re going to be fine.”
The New Shepard vehicle is fully autonomous, which means the company can run tests of the system without having to put a human pilot on board, Bezos said. It also means that the paying passengers won’t have an onboard escort.