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Jeff Bezos warns passengers to use the bathroom before taking a flight on his spacecraft

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Apr 13, 2017
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  1. If you’re rich enough to afford a trip with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company, you should bear in mind that there are some dangers involving bodily functions while in the capsule: peeing, puking, and pooping.

    Speaking to the crowd at the 33rd annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Bezos warned passengers: “Go to the bathroom in advance.”

    "The whole thing, from boarding until you're back on the ground, is probably 40 or 41 minutes. So you're going to be fine. You could dehydrate ever so slightly if you have a weak bladder."

    Although the flight itself will only last around 11 minutes, there’s always the possibility some people could find the stress triggers an accidental bodily response. Mark Shelhamer, former chief scientist at NASA's human research program, told Gizmodo that anyone concerned about soiling themselves might want to copy what the Apollo astronauts did on the moon: wear diapers.

    “You can't be squeamish about body functions if you want to go to space," Shelhamer said.

    As for the stuff that could come out of the top end, Bezos says he isn’t concerned about the risks of people vomiting. “[Space travelers] don’t throw up right away,” he explained. “We’re not going to worry about it. It’s a delayed effect, and this journey takes 10 or 11 minutes. So you’re going to be fine.”

    It seems Shelhamer disagrees with the Amazon CEO on this one. There have been cases of highly experienced pilots vomiting due to extreme motion sickness.

    Even if the New Shepard vehicle had a bathroom, the size of the capsule would mean it’d be minuscule and not offer much in the way of privacy. Maybe Bezos will change his mind and hand out free puke bags and incontinence pants with every $100,000 to $200,000 flight.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    "You can't be squeamish about body functions if you want to go to space,"
    The same applies to some folks who think they're machismo enough to go on the scariest rides at the amusement parks... or if they want to spend too much time partying.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2017
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    So, it sounds like he's warning me NOT to sit next to that 300 lb. woman that came from breakfast to the launch pad or the old fat guy that went out for a night of pickled eggs and beer the night before? Hmmmm, now I'm thinking that the VR trip might be a bit more pleasant .... by the way, does VR have smell-I-vision included???
    Reehahs and OutlawCecil like this.
  4. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Addict Posts: 148   +118

    Think I'll stick with United airlines for now.
    MoeJoe likes this.
  5. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    Can't imagine paying 100k - 200k for an experience of a lifetime only to have it ruined by the people sitting next to me pooping, peeing, and vomiting in my capsule!
  6. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    L M A O
  7. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Oh wow ... fell out of my chair laughing ...
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  8. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    Nothing like a bit of waterproof duct tape can't sort out. Adult diaper on the bottom and tape on the top, job done.
    OutlawCecil likes this.
  9. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    Boy, glad it is sorted out, I was thinking about it lately a lot ...
  10. Makson

    Makson TS Booster Posts: 115   +27

    I would own a nice boat if I paid 100 - 200k, including all the facilities for pooing, peeing and disgorging food.

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