Blue Origin wants to launch their rocket during a pandemic COVID-19. What is the danger?

Emerged in China coronavirus COVID-19 spread almost all over the world. At the time of this writing, April 3, 2020, particularly from disease affects US residents — the virus has infected more than 245 000 people. To slow the spread of the disease, authorities in many States have declared a self-imposed isolation and allowed the people to take to the streets only when absolutely necessary. This is a very good measure, especially for Washington, where the coronavirus has died 175 people. However, a local company , Blue Origin if to spit on health of people, because it requires the subordinates of the test launch of a rocket New Shepard right during a killer pandemic. So, at least, according to employees of the company

Blue Origin is an American company which is developing the New Shepard rocket to send tourists into space. The company's founder, Jeff Bezos, better known as the Creator of the largest online store Amazon and the richest man in the world.

Space tourism

That company Blue Origin forcing their employees to work even during the regime of isolation, reported by the Verge. Several anonymous workers told reporters that would be happy to work remotely or at home in Washington. However, company executives want to conduct a test run tourist rocket New Shepard. To do this, staff need to travel about 3,000 kilometers to get to the Texas town of van horn, with a population of just over 2,000 people.

At the moment in Washington is more than 6500 patients with coronavirus patients, so among the employees of Blue Origin may well be infected people not yet manifest symptoms. If they go to a small town in Texas, local people risk being infected by a dangerous disease. It is known that in the town of van horn, no well-equipped hospitals, so that if they do people with severe forms of the coronavirus, they are unlikely to be able to help them. As a result, the disease may take several lives.

Based on the above, that the staff of Blue Origin don’t want to travel to other States and to put other people at risk, is not surprising. According to them, they would be better left to work in Washington, because they have so much work to do. For example, they might be able to work on improving the parts of the rocket New Shepard, which have long been unaddressed, but they have not reached the hands. Or perhaps they could work on New rocket Glenn, which is considered the air forces of the USA as a means to launch military satellites. In principle, the company Blue Origin and has been given permission to continue working only because it collaborates with the military.

Test run tourist rocket New Shepard was scheduled for April 10, but Washington was declared a state of isolation. However, after time, the government of Texas has allowed company employees to break the rules if they needed to carry out the test launch. What kind of mechanism the rocket wants to test the company is unknown, but in General she wants to make sure that the machine is safe for the implementation of space flight around our planet.

The new space race

But why the heads Blue Origin so much want to conduct a test run tourist rocket New Shepard, jeopardizing people’s lives? According to anonymous employees, the reason for this is the fear the company to keep pace with its competitors. Because in addition to her desire to send rich people into space travel company SpaceX lit. At the moment, despite the terrifying situation in the world, SpaceX employees work in the Texas town of Boca Chica — they are developing are suitable for space travel spaceship Starship. It is not designed for space tourism, but the company is certainly at the same time working on a Big Falcon rocket, which in 2023, wants to fly a Japanese billionaire Yusaku of Maezawa with his girlfriend.

In the coming weeks, SpaceX also wants to conduct a flight test of developed vehicle Starship, but to criticize her for it, hardly anyone will. The fact is that SpaceX employees do not need to move from one state to another and put people at risk of Contracting coronavirus. And Blue Origin calls for the relocation of employees and essentially forces them to violate the isolation. According to employees, the company leaders do not tell them in person that the non-fulfillment of orders they get fired, but this probability is still there.

What will you do in this situation, the employees of Blue Origin is not yet clear. However, some of them shared with reporters that he is very disappointed by the frivolous attitude of the company to pandemic COVID-19. It turns out that it puts your business above the lives of people and some staff are already talking, I want to find another job with more responsible leadership.

Quarantine in the USA

As at the moment the US has a lot infected, the authorities of many States have declared that the regime of self-isolation. In Washington state the first infected started showing up in early March and at first people were just advised to stay home, but then came the so-called “Stay at home order” that can be translated as “Order to stay home.” People can go outside not only for the trip to the store or walking Pets, but also for Jogging. But on the street you can only be around people who live with a person in the same apartment. And so, between strangers should be a distance of about two meters.