Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 21, 2018

Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin, on Tuesday successfully completed the ninth test flight of its New Shepard rocket from its test facility in west Texas, as per a report in CNET.

Several NASA payloads are riding along, such as SFEM-2 - which was first flown on Mission 8 of New Shepard, and will collect additional data on Mission 9. Like most vertical rockets, the New Shepard is created to take off upright from a launchpad at Blue Origin's facilities in West Texas.

"Anything could have happened today, and this is the best possible outcome", Blue Origin the launch commentator Ariane Cornell said during the live webcast of Mission 9, available in the video below and which started airing 20 minutes after the New Shepard was launched. The company has yet to start selling tickets for the vehicle and has not established an official price for those flights. Bezos dubbed the dummy "Mannequin Skywalker" because even the richest man in modern history is a nerd.

This is Blue Origin's ninth mission. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet. It is a safety measure to pull the crew/passenger capsule away from a failing booster.

Meanwhile, Blue Origin's crew capsule coasted into space and safely re-entered the atmosphere before deploying parachutes to land.

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The uncrewed test flight is the third one using Blue Origin's most recent model of the single-stage vehicle.

Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which the rocket carries skyward during flight. This propelled the capsule to an altitude of roughly 119 kilometers (74 miles), a record height for the company. The company says more than 700 people have signed up to fly. "We are really curious how microgravity affects the structure and properties of things, and we hope this flight will help us understand the science behind it", said James Yenbamroong, chief executive and founder of mu Space, in a preflight statement.

While this test will be unmanned, the reusable rocket is created to deliver payloads - and potentially tourists - to sub-orbital space.

Blue Origin is developing a much bigger rocket, called New Glenn, as an orbital launcher.

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