Among the emerging commercial space transportation companies, Blue Origin is the most secretive and mysterious. A rare glimpse inside the company’s Kent, Washington headquarters came in December 2011 when NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver got a VIP tour from Blue Origin founder (and CEO) Jeff Bezos. The following photo was released by NASA.

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Tours Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos and Lori Garver stand at the center. The white-haired gentleman is Blue Origin president Rob Meyerson. What appears to be a Blue Origin crew capsule hangs in the background. An enlarged view of the capsule appears below.

Blue Origin crew capsule

The shape of the capsule matches an early New Shepard concept which appears on the Blue Origin website. It does not match the biconic vehicle model which appeared in a recent photo released by Blue Origin. The photo below shows the biconic concept undergoing wind-tunnel testing. It’s possible that the capsule represents an old design, which Blue Origin decided to use as a photo prop.

Blue Origin biconic vehicle concept wind tunnel model

Written by Astro1 on September 9th, 2012 , Blue Origin

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    Com4ter commented

    Looks like they’re in the final stages of building the Die Glocke.

    September 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm
      COM-PJU-THOR commented

      Lol! 😀

      September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm