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A Few Photos From Secretive Blue Origin: Is That a Crew Capsule? 70

Posted by timothy
from the no-way-man-area-51-is-way-more-secret dept.
RocketAcademy writes "Among the emerging commercial space transportation companies, Blue Origin is the most secretive and mysterious. A VIP tour by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver afforded a rare glimpse inside Blue Origin's headquarters, including a look at what appears to be a Blue Origin crew capsule."
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A Few Photos From Secretive Blue Origin: Is That a Crew Capsule?

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  • by Spy Handler (822350) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @04:48PM (#41282689) Homepage Journal
    we do not refer to it as a "capsule"
    • by Anonymous Coward

      we do not refer to it as a "capsule"

      I see. Care to then correct the other folks who would disagree?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_capsule

      (you might also note they use the word "spacecraft" as well on that page...)

    • by Hillgiant (916436)

      Is it a red capsule or a blue one?

    • It's not really a spacecraft until it travels in space. What you are seeing is probably a mock-up of a spacecraft.

      Let's be serious, folks. Sierra Nevada did a captive carry test, in which they took their model and dragged it around on a helicopter for a while. Blue Origin might not have gotten that far. Meanwhile SpaceX fully qualified their cargo solution, has a contract to carry real cargo, and is working on the manned version. So far, exactly one of the companies mentioned has a spacecraft.

  • These of course match the grey's prototypes from Hangar 18.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Origin_New_Shepard [wikipedia.org]

    The purple thing is a capsule for BO's reusable suborbital rocket "New Shepard". BO got some money from the 2009 era stimulus package for some minor development work related to it. It is the "composite pressure vessel" mentioned in the wiki link. The capsule sits atop the vertical take off/vertical landing reusable suborbital rocket, and separates in the event of an accident.

    The biconic capsule in the third picture was part of Blue Origin's entry for la

    • by Teancum (67324)

      What "stimulus money" did Blue Origin actually get? I'm curious and calling your bluff as I don't think there is any.

  • Oh well. I didn't think the US was actually serious about manned spaceflight anymore.

    • The US Government may have lost enthusiasm and momentum but at least they've stopped putting up incessant roadblocks to commercial entities developing space travel.

      Of course they're going to do EXACTLY the same thing with Space Travel that they've in the process of doing with The Internet (ie wait till it *really* gets going well then do their best to completely STIFLE it with regulations-and-taxes).

      After all, the true measure of successful governance is MORE REGULATIONS AND TAXES, isn't it?
      • by Teancum (67324)

        To quote Burt Rutan on the topic:

        If it moves, tax it.

        If it keeps moving, regulate it.

        If it stops moving, subsidize it.

        I think he was quoting some other bloke, but I tend to agree that is general philosophy of governance in America and most of the rest of the world.

        We are right now in sort of a "golden era" of spacecraft construction, where anybody with a few million dollars can slap together a rocket and go into space with a minimum of regulation. Sort of like how the automobile industry was like a hundre

  • by aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @07:27PM (#41283599)

    There's only one obvious reason for a spacecraft company to be secretive. They're involved in a top secret military project.

    Then again, maybe Blue Origin is trying to be the Apple Inc of the space transport biz. Except that Blue Origin's chief financial backer is a web billionaire named Jeff Bezos. So maybe Blue Origin is trying to be secretive like Amazon?

    Maybe BO has figured out a way to bring down space fares to a new low, a Kindle Fire among the iPads of the launch industry? That, or JB is trying to cover up the lack of progress.

    • by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @07:45PM (#41283687)

      Maybe BO has figured out a way to bring down space fares to a new low, ...

      Sort of an unfortunate acronym, really. Though I imagine things get pretty high in a confined space where several people sit for a few days, under stress and can't open a window...

    • by Sulphur (1548251)

      There's only one obvious reason for a spacecraft company to be secretive. They're involved in a top secret military project.

      Then again, maybe Blue Origin is trying to be the Apple Inc of the space transport biz. Except that Blue Origin's chief financial backer is a web billionaire named Jeff Bezos. So maybe Blue Origin is trying to be secretive like Amazon?

      Maybe BO has figured out a way to bring down space fares to a new low, a Kindle Fire among the iPads of the launch industry? That, or JB is trying to cover up the lack of progress.

      Maybe its really Black Origin then?

    • There's only one obvious reason for a spacecraft company to be secretive. They're involved in a top secret military project.

      Well, that or a lack of significant achievements. When you don't have a viable product available there isn't much point in blowing your own horn, is there?

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      There's only one obvious reason for a spacecraft company to be secretive. They're involved in a top secret military project.

      Then again, maybe Blue Origin is trying to be the Apple Inc of the space transport biz. Except that Blue Origin's chief financial backer is a web billionaire named Jeff Bezos. So maybe Blue Origin is trying to be secretive like Amazon?

      Maybe BO has figured out a way to bring down space fares to a new low, a Kindle Fire among the iPads of the launch industry? That, or JB is trying to cover up the lack of progress.

      the secrecy is to douse flames that NASA is paying them for nothing.

      simple? (how is it a private company when it's money source is NASA contracts, which seem to be much like in fashion like when building Apollo.. plenty of parts were done by outside companies, usually defense contractors)

      • by Teancum (67324)

        the secrecy is to douse flames that NASA is paying them for nothing.

        simple? (how is it a private company when it's money source is NASA contracts, which seem to be much like in fashion like when building Apollo.. plenty of parts were done by outside companies, usually defense contractors)

        The money that NASA gives Blue Origin is peanuts for their operating expenses. Most of the money is stuff they get straight from Jeff Bezos and from a few private contracts they have received over the years. It certainly is disingenuous to suggest that NASA is the only source of money and that this company (by implication) is living off of the teat of government largess due to a couple fairy god-senators.

        Jeff Bezos is trying to build a company which will be doing stuff in space. The long term goal is to b

  • Next stop - Planet Ten.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What did this 'arcticle' show or say that hasn't been really, really old news for a really, really long time?

    • by Teancum (67324)

      Mainly that the capsule isn't just a concept on paper but that "metal is bent" and the capsule appears to be moving well down the path of becoming something real that may fly in space. Far too many companies don't even make it that far, so it is an accomplishment to be noted. Bending metal costs serious money and doesn't really give you an immediate payoff for having done that. It tends to separate out the scams from serious efforts trying to get into space as well... or for any other similar kind of en

  • But Astronauts must click through an ad to get to the guidance and control system.

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