On July 11, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson was able to fly to space aboard the SpaceShipTwo to assess the company’s private astronaut experience. If you ask the rival company Blue Origin, however, Branson does not really reach the place when he does. In a few tweets, the Jeff Bezos – owned space company compared what its own New Shepard suborbital vehicle can do with SpaceShipTwo’s capabilities. First on the list? The company says the New Shepard was designed to fly over the Kármán line, while the competitor’s vehicle was not.
The Kármán line is the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space as specified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. It is defined as 1
Aside from comparing the maximum heights of their vehicles, Blue Origin also made it a point to mention that New Shepard has the largest windows in space. New Shepard is also a rocket, but according to Blue Origin, SpaceShipTwo is just a high plane. The company released the comparison after Virgin Galactic planned Branson’s trip to space before Jeff Bezos’ multibillionaire and his brother will take part in Blue Origin’s first suborbital tourist flight scheduled for a July 20 launch.
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