According to Bob Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Origin (an aerospace manufacturer founded and masterminded by Jeff Bezos), by April 2019, a Blue Origin rocket could fly tourists to space. This timeline seems to be different from the one that was promised by Company’s President, Rob Meyerson. He had earlier said that the very first travel with tourists would be in 2018.
However, Blue Origin clarified that their internal dates had not been changed. They will fly the humans when they are ready; not a moment sooner.
The National Space Council, which has been re-established by Donald Trump, works to help the private and public sectors to ensure national security and promote space exploration.
In the coming 18 months, humans would be launched into space; these won’t just be astronauts, but also citizens who are ready to pay. However, SpaceX—headed by Elon Musk—is ahead of Blue Origin in the mission to launch space tourism. Sometime in 2018, SpaceX aims to fly two tourists on a trip to moon.
Both aerospace companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, differ in their plans and strategies for space tourism. Blue Origin plans to make space trip relatively cheap for an average person. The space passenger will experience a weightless disposition, and he will get to enjoy the view. The revenue made from the ticket sales will be used to aid Company’s future plans and endeavours. In order to fund Blue Origin, apparently, Jeff Bezos sells his Amazon shares of worth $1 billion every year.
Space X, on the other hand, has a profitable business. It lucratively sends cargos to the International Space Station and delivers satellites too. Benefits of these efforts are utilised in flying space tourists to Mars. SpaceX promises to deliver a one-off experience to the lucky passengers at a charge, though not revealed by the company, which is likely to amount to many millions.
In order to compete with Space X, Blue Origin plans to manufacture a much more powerful rocket—named New Glenn. According to Bob Smith, the factory where New Glenn will be built will come up later in 2017. However, even after the rocket’s construction gets completed, the company will have to go through the arduous procedure of getting a certificate for the rocket to fly.