Jeff Bezos shoot his shot at the billionaire space race by launching himself and three other passengers into the great unknown on Tuesday.
Millions watched the incredible flight of the New Shepard spacecraft soar out of our atmosphere – but instead of scientific questions it seemed most wanted to know one thing, why does the rocket look like a penis?
Twitter had an absolute field day discussing the erotically shaped reusable suborbital rocket system.
One Twitter user commented: “Jeff Bezos is taking a giant leap forward today for penis-shaped rocketry.”
Whilst someone else remarked: “It should be called Blue Shaft.”
A third said: “Look, I try to keep this a clean account so I'm not going to show you, but we all remember the rocketship from Austin Powers, right?”
Despite the humorous teasing about the billionaire's 'space-shaft', Lucy Rogers, the author of It’s ONLY Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English, explained that the shape was completely necessary to be aerodynamic.
Talking to Inverse, Rogers said: “Think of a jumbo jet without wings and sitting on its tail.
“Arrows, bullets, and fireworks are also generally this shape for the same reasons.”
This explains why the head of the spacecraft looked a bit rude.
"The exhaust needs somewhere to go hence the capsule diameter is larger than the booster rocket giving it the characteristic ‘Flesh Gordon’ look," Paul Freeman, a space artifact photographer, told Inverse.
Popular Youtuber Scott Manley released a statement to journalists: "They went through a lot of iterations coming up with a perfect shape that gives them the most volume, the best windows, and wouldn’t kill anyone on board, and this is the shape they came up with.
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"The capsule design was a result of aerodynamics to keep it stable in descent, reduce drag on ascent, and maximise the internal volume. This has 50% more interior space than SpaceX's Dragon."
The actual body of the rocket, which produces the thrust and ignition, had to be meticulously designed too.
"The height to width ratio is called slenderness," Rogers explains.
"You can only reduce it so far before you get issues with structural strength and efficiency."
She added: "Because rockets have to be slender but not too slender, they end up coincidentally looking like being in the same range, very roughly, of aspect ratios to the male anatomy."
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