Jeff Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin starts his New Shepard with & # 39; Skywalker 'mannequin for a 300,000-foot test flight of its upgraded space capsule, which will put tourists into orbit for $ 200,000
- Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard missile for the 14th time and launched it 300,000 feet into the air
- The launch took place at 12:18 p.m. ET from Launch Site One in West Texas and tested an improved capsule
- This capsule is used in Blue Origin's space tourism business, which is putting people into orbit for $ 200,000
Jeff Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin launched the New Shepard rocket for the 14th time with & # 39; Skywalker & # 39; mannequin in the updated space capsule.
The life-size flying manikin sat on one of the crew's six capsule seats to measure the overall performance of the vehicle during the test flights.
The rocket launched at launch location 1 in West Texas at 12:18 p.m. (CET). The focus was on testing new functions in the capsule, including environmental functions, crew display panels, and communication systems.
The mission sent the capsule to the edge of space, which will one day bring tourists for $ 200,000 per seat.
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Jeff Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin launched the 14th flight of his New Shepard rocket with & # 39; Skywalker & # 39; mannequin in the updated space capsule
Although Elon Musk's SpaceX seems to be leading the way in commercial space travel, Bezos' Blue Origin is not far behind.
In October, Blue Origin broke the record for rocket recycling by launching its New Shepard 13 times – and with the successful mission on Thursday, the company still appears to hold the title.
Today's mission wasn't to launch satellites or other payloads into space, but rather Blue Origin was to test its own technologies in the upgraded crew capsule.
"The upgrades include improvements to environmental features such as acoustics and temperature control in the capsule, crew display panels and speakers with a microphone and a push-to-talk button on each seat," the company said in a blog post.
The life-size flying manikin sat on one of the crew's six capsule seats to measure the overall performance of the vehicle during the test flights. A picture from a start in 2017 is shown
New Shepard waits on the launch pad in West Texas
"The mission will also test a number of communication and security alert systems for astronauts."
It was a sunny day in West Texas when New Shepard ignited its engines and released a torrent of fire and smoke from the base.
The rocket launched towards the sky and when it reached approximately 300,000 feet above the surface, the capsule detached and floated into orbit.
New Shepard landed safely on the ground about seven minutes after takeoff, followed shortly after by the capsule.
The rocket was originally designed for space tourism, which is designed to take up to six passengers to the edge of space and hover in orbit for 10 minutes.
It was a sunny day in West Texas when New Shepard ignited its engines and released a torrent of fire and smoke from the base
The mission sent the capsule to the edge of space, which will one day bring tourists for $ 200,000 per seat
New Shepard landed safely on the ground about seven minutes after take-off, followed shortly after by the capsule
Blue Origin is making strides in the space business, and NASA got it last month when it named the company's New Glenn rocket as a potential provider for scientific missions.
Blue Origin received an order for NASA Launch Services (NLS) II to enable its 310-foot reusable rocket to launch a number of satellites into orbit and conduct supply runs to the ISS.
The announcement enables the American space agency to place orders with Blue Origin from June 2025 through the end of 2027.
The new Glenn has yet to go into space – it will be launched for the first time sometime this year.
Blue Origin also says the system will use the massive reusable missile to gain access to the moon and is part of the company's broader mission aimed at sending a million people into space one day.
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