|For those among us that can’t wait until space tourism becomes an actual industry, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO, Jeff Bezos, has some news. Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin is expected to serve its first customers by 2018, and Bezos explained what the experience would be like.
At a conference in Colorado Springs Bezos said, "Go to the bathroom in advance… 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.”
When asked about potential vomiting, "[People] don't throw up right away," he said, adding that vomiting doesn’t typically happen until three hours into a flight. "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." Bezos explained.
All the willing to see earth from space will have to go through training, though the process is not expected to be overwhelming. "The system has been designed from the very beginning so that the training can be minimal," Bezos said. "You have to know how to strap yourself in and a few other things. But it's not a significant amount of training."
As for the price space enthusiasts will have to pay, Bezos had no answer, as there is still a lot of details left to figure out. A complete series of human test flights with Blue Origin astronauts must be executed before actual prices can be discussed.
Ariane Cornell, head of astronaut strategy and sales for Blue Origin, added facilitating details. Once the capsule reaches space, the passengers will be able to unbuckle from their seats and enjoy about 4 minutes of weightlessness. The capsule is equipped with handrails and soft walls to make the capsule ideal for customers as they float around inside, Cornell explained at the conference according to NBCNews.