Space tourist guide

Space.com’s piece on Jeff Bezos’s space tourist venture is worth a look: No Bathrooms, No Barf Bags: What Blue Origin’s Space Tourists Can Expect.

Bathrooms are unnecessary because it’s only an 11 minute ride. You’ll be boarding just half an hour before that.

I hope that’s not wishful thinking. Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury space flight was only about 15 minutes. They hadn’t planned on a five hour delay. They decided it was better to let him go in his space suit than to scrub the mission.

But this may just be marketing. My guess is that passengers will quietly be given a pack of Depends with their flight suits. Just in case.

Here’s one thing I did not know: “vomiting doesn’t usually occur until about 3 hours into a flight.” SF writers need to know this stuff.