Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

22 July, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Grady King
  • Amazon creator Jeff Bezos has launched his New Shepherd rocket higher than previously

For the first time Jeff Bezos' rocket company will send send its New Shepard rocket to its red line at the edge of space and then fire the escape motor on the capsule that will carry passengers.

The booster and spacecraft blasted off from the company's launch site in West Texas shortly after 11am Eastern, and then performed a test created to ferry passengers to safety in case of an emergency.

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During that test, the spacecraft's emergency motor was sacked 45 seconds into the flight, at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4,876 meters), slamming the rocket booster with 70,000 pounds of thrust and forceful exhaust. Both the spacecraft and the rocket landed safely back on Earth, the capsule returning to the ground after 11 minutes of flight.

Wednesday's flight will be the ninth by a New Shepard rocket, and the third using Blue Origin's most recent model of the single-stage vehicle, which debuted in December and made its second launch and landing in April. Bezos dubbed the dummy "Mannequin Skywalker" because even the richest man in modern history is a nerd.

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The company said that by firing the emergency motor in the vacuum of space for the first time took things to the next level. This is high enough for the people to experience a few moments of weightlessness.

Some of the payloads flying on this Blue Origin flight also aim to provide value to other researchers.

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Blue Origin's live webcast will be available on this page. The rocket takes off, enters sub-orbital space, and comes back to the planet. The New Glenn could launch on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral by the end of 2020. A separate employee said prices would begin at $200,000, according to Reuters. "We have not set ticket pricing and have had no serious discussions inside of Blue on the topic", the firm said. "Anyone predicting dates is guessing".

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