Part of my research here I went to Texas, to west Texas.
That was a fun trip.
It was a fun trip and you know cause I watched a rocket launch and maybe that's a good way to talk about what Blue Origin is doing.
Can we queue up the first video.
This is the launch that I was able to witness.
Why don't you tell us a little bit what's going on here When we get this rolling.
Okay and this where, this is the most recent flight [INAUDIBLE] This is a very important test because the vehicle has an escape motor in the crew capsule incase something goes wrong with the booster.
And we have been testing that as it keeps System.
And different flight regimes that make sure that it works.
And this was a high altitude escape, which is one of the more stressing cases.
And it went beautifully.
It's the last of the important escape tests.
It looks like CGI, but that's a real video.
The vehicle landing on it's tail and the rocket [UNKNOWN].
That is so mind blowing to see a rocket come down to earth.
[UNKNOWN] and it's gotta be going flipping sideways and things like that but it's actually flying like you know a self driving car or an airplane under control.
It's an inverted
Pendulum problem that you're solving, when you land under rocket power, it's like you're balancing a broomstick on the top of your finger.
And one of the reasons that we chose vertical landing as our architecture is that it scales really well.
Just like with an inverted pendulum, it gets easier the bigger the pendulum gets.
So you can't really balance a pencil On the tip of your finger.
It's actually very difficult to do 'cause you need such high response time.
But as you get to a broomstick, it's actually pretty easy to balance a broomstick on the end of your finger.
So the bigger the vehicle gets, the easier vertical landing gets, it skills very nicely.
Now when we saw the capsule land, what wasn't shown in that video, was what the capsule landed on?
The horned toad?
Yeah that was remarkable, and he hopped away, that's a very lucky toad.
Yeah it's just some toad sitting there basking in the desert and.
They lifted the capsule up with a crane and there was this toad right under it.
[LAUGH] Now that spaceship, New Shephard, is going to take humans into space.
And they're not gonna be professionals but paid customers?
It's a tourism mission.
And when is it gonna happen?
I'm hopeful that that will happen in 2019, I was hopeful it would happen in 2018.
So I keep telling the team, it's not a race, this is, I want this to be the safest space vehicle in the history of space vehicles.
And so in 2019, what struck me and I got to tour the
The capsule was that people are gonna go up.
There are six people, and they're lined up around the periphery of the capsule, but there's no Blue Origin employees in there.
There's no flight attendants.
I'm gonna go out into space without anyone to tell me maybe it's time to sit down in your chair and stop bouncing around.
No, there's six seats and they're all gonna be for paying astronauts and there will be no blurgle and employee on the fight.
I love you call them astronauts because you said they're gonna maybe like a day or two of training?
Yeah, they'll have a day or two of training.
I'm pushing for a day, I don't think he needs two days of training for this.
But maybe two days of training And people say they will be astronauts if you get above the Carmen line, which is 100 kilometers above the surface of the earth, you do earn your astronaut wings, and you know Alan Shepard was the first American to do that.
He went on a suborbital flight, many many decades ago now And that's the offer we're gonna make to people.
And they say that seeing the thin limb of the earth's atmosphere and seeing earth from that perspective really changes you.
They call it the overview effect.
And of course you can also do somersaults in giant windows.
So it's gonna be very pretty.
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