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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos flew to the edge of space Tuesday in a company rocket that had a bulbous passenger capsule sitting atop a tall, narrow booster shaft.
The New Shepard rocket’s tumescent shape was low-hanging fruit to social media users who were quick to point out the craft’s phallic design, and whether that design meant its billionaire passenger was compensating for something.
But experts say this suborbital sausage fest was anything but accidental. New Shepard’s characteristic shape was designed to optimize cabin space for up to six passengers, as well as well maximize how stable the rocket when coming back to Earth, according to Pedros Llanos, an engineer and professor of spaceflight operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
“The main reason the design looks like this is because Jeff’s first goal is to send people to space, so everything revolves around having four to six people in the cabin and so maximizing cabin volume,” Llanos told Insider. His group at Embry-Riddle has sent cargo up on previous New Shepard launches in 2017 and 2019.
“Jeff also wanted to have the biggest windows in space so people could have an awesome experience,” Llanos said, which further increased the size of the …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology
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