After escape test, could Blue Origin be the next step in safe space tourism?

After the surprisingly successful test launch of its capsule escape system in its New Shepard rocket, Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos’ private space company Blue Origin is one step closer to bringing humans, including tourists, to space. 

To that end, Blue Origin is already working on another rocket, the New Glenn, which will build on the technology of the New Shepard in order to bring people and science experiments into space for brief periods of time. Although it is still in development, Blue Origin is already thinking about selling New Glenn tickets at an as yet to be determined price.

“We’re going to make sure that our astronauts that fly on New Shepard are going to get first access to tickets on New Glenn,” Ariane Cornell, a member of the company’s Strategy and Business Development team, said Wednesday during the live webcast of New Shepard’s in-flight escape test. READ MORE.