Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches rocket

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 19, 2018

TESTING. TESTING. Blue Origin wasn't the only company testing the waters with this New Shepard rocket launch; the rocket's capsule contained a variety of devices and experiments for scientists and educators conducting microgravity research.

Blue Origin has provided only vague schedules about when human flights would begin, with company officials saying recently they anticipated starting to fly humans on test flights by the end of this year. More than half a dozen scientific payloads were packed inside as well, plus mementos from Blue Origin employees that were included as part of an internal "Fly My Stuff" program. "Mannequin had a smooth, smooth landing".

That second flight saw the New Shepard booster lofting its Crew Module to an altitude of 329,839 feet before returning under powered control to an upright landing - marking the first time a suborbital rocket successfully landed after a straight-up/straight-down flight. "Just another day at the office", she said. Most importantly, astronauts would have had an exhilarating ride and safe landing.

Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which the rocket carries skyward during flight.

Booster landing
New Shepard’s reusable booster comes in for a landing

"We'll be doing a high altitude escape motor test - pushing the rocket to its limits", noted Blue Origin ahead of the test. As hoped, the capsule was able to stabilize itself after the blast for its descent through the atmosphere. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 350,000 feet (106,680 meters), which was about five percent higher than previous New Shepard test flights.

Cornell said the test was an "important step in our march toward flying humans in space".

So far, Blue Origin has completed eight test flights from its takeoff point in Texas. The flight of experiment was arranged Olympiaspace, a European "commercial space agency" that took care of logistical and regulatory matters for the payload.

LC-11 will be used to test fire New Glenn engines, while LC-36 will be the launch site for the orbital rocket that is being placed to take on other vehicles in its class, such as those from SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. The company has not said what the price of the tickets would be. It's coming, but we've got our eye on the prize, and we've got to make sure we understand our system through and through.

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