“If you look at Branson’s spacecraft, it’s really building a transport system that’s very much like a commercial airline. “You’re leaving at an airport and you’re about to land at the airport,” says Lugo.
Lugo says most aerospace engineers call for taking crude spacecraft in a more traditional way. The entire launch and re-entry of Blue Origin took 10 minutes. The crew started from the inside of a capsule attached to the nose of the rocket, which kept the crew capsule going into space and returned to Earth before reaching the maximum height, before the parachute was deployed on the ground.
Regardless of their differences, experts say, both flights represent the main goals of the future of spaceflight.
“These vehicles reconstruct the journey just like the pioneers of early aircraft,” says Eileen Petro, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell.
Petro says that in addition to getting humans closer to orbit, both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin can quickly advance new approaches to cross-continental travel, as both vehicles can reach four to five times the speed of a regular plane.
Petro is encouraged by the pace of progress seen in that industry. “Ten years ago, the Obama administration was pushing for the expansion of the commercial opening vehicle industry. Now in the last two weeks two public space travel platforms have flown on the crew, and SpaceX has been contracted to take astronauts to the moon, ”she says.
And what’s next for Blue Origin? Although commercial space tourism is just beginning, Bezos hopes that launching more flights can reduce costs so that in the next few decades, everyone has the opportunity to experience the beauty of life above Earth.