Recently flown suborbital Blue Origin crew capsule 2.0 features large windows that measure 2.4 feet wide, 3.6 feet tall.
Credit: Blue Origin


Passenger flight on rocket-for-hire flings to the edge of space is near at hand.

One big draw that adds to the bragging rights for space travelers is the view from high above. Rubbernecking tourists will have face time with space, snagging perspective and images to travelogue their voyages.



Life-changing views

One major ticket-for-sale vendor set to give rocket riders a suborbital space cruise is Jeff Bezos of fame and fortune, along with his team at Blue Origin, based in Seattle, Washington.

“Our New Shepard capsule features the largest windows in spaceflight history. These windows make up a third of the capsule, immersing you in the vastness of space and life-changing views of our blue planet,” explains the firm.

Alan Shepard prepares to board his Freedom 7 suborbital capsule complete with portholes for viewing, later changed to a trapezoid-shaped window. For spacecraft builders, putting in windows was once viewed as offensive to an engineer’s sense of structural integrity and design elegance.
Credit: NASA

Porthole vision

As suborbital spacecraft go, Blue Origin’s windows are clearly a far cry from America’s first human suborbital traveler, Alan Shepard and his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule flight in May 1961. He was provided two six-inch circular portholes.

ISS024-E-014263 (11 Sept. 2010) — NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 24 flight engineer, looks through a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station. A blue and white part of Earth and the blackness of space are visible through the windows.

Then there’s the International Space Station’s Cupola that provides crew members a 360° view around the orbiting complex through six trapezoid-shaped windows and one large circular viewing port.















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Window Wars in Space: Quest for the ‘Big View’ High Above Earth

February 16, 2018 06:43am ET

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