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Old 12-15-2017, 11:51 PM
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As I had hoped, Blue Origin's www.blueorigin.com coverage of their December 12 New Shepard test flight included a capsule interior view video, which featured "Mannequin Skywalker" (who showed no fear--or any other reaction--during his ride into space and back). Below are links to this and other New Shepard videos:

Internal (inside capsule) view: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZJghIk7_VA

External (launch and landing) view: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSDHM6iuogI

Previous New Shepard flights: http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...gin+new+shepard

New Shepard launch escape test videos: http://www.youtube.com/results?sear... h+escape+test
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Internal (inside capsule) view: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZJghIk7_VA


They either had a cracked window or they used a rank amateur to tint the window behind the boxes of the initial interior shot!



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Old 12-16-2017, 09:47 AM
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They either had a cracked window or they used a rank amateur to tint the window behind the boxes of the initial interior shot!



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I wondered about that, too. I'm glad, though, that there was a little debris in the capsule, because it nicely delineated the free-fall portion of the flight (I just wish someone had left a pen in there to drift in the air, like Heywood Floyd's pen in "2001" :-) ). They're apparently planning to launch the first people next year (the basic vehicle is well-proven; even the booster used in their capsule Max-Q abort test last year survived, ascended normally into space, and landed safely, despite their expectation that it would go unstable and destroy itself), so the era of frequent space tourism may finally be at hand.
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I think it was some kind of poster they used as a sunscreen over the window. But I could be wrong.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:47 PM
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I think it was some kind of poster they used as a sunscreen over the window. But I could be wrong.
After things quiet down a bit ("e-mail wise") at Blue Origin www.blueorigin.com , I imagine they'd be happy to solve this puzzle (it would be funny--but not surprising--if they've been getting queries about the window oddity ever since they posted that video online :-) ). It also got me thinking:

They could sell advertising space on the sides of the booster *and* the capsule, even on the windows (although not on all of them, except maybe Sun-facing ones). The ads that are applied to buses and cars often cover the windows as well as the body panels, yet the windows can still be "seen through," just a bit less brightly; Sun-facing capsule windows could have the ads over them, to make it somewhat easier to see inside the capsule when the otherwise unfiltered sunlight is streaming in. Also:

I was slightly disappointed to not see (although it might have been elsewhere in the cabin) the "Box of Rocks" asteroid regolith experiment (it had its own internal observation camera) that has flown at least once--and possibly multiple times--on previous New Shepard test flights.
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I just noticed that their CGI video of their New Glenn orbital launch vehicle (see: www.blueorigin.com/#youtubeBTEhohh6eYk [from: www.blueorigin.com ]) shows its first stage landing on a *moving* drone ship, even hovering briefly and centering itself before touching down on a landing circle on deck, with the Blue Origin motto--"Gradatim Ferociter--surrounding it in circular lettering. (Maybe that's a little "tweak" to Elon Musk, since SpaceX's drone ships hold station for the Falcon 9 first stages to land on them... :-) ). I'm a little surprised that the video doesn't show a tortoise--depicted from directly above--in the center of the landing circle (or maybe two of them, on either side of the circle, since their company logo features two tortoises in an heraldic depiction).
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