Bezos' spaceship reaches new heights in escape test flight

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

Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket on July 18 from the company's West Texas launch site with five NASA-supported technologies onboard.

So far, Blue Origin has completed eight test flights from its takeoff point in Texas.

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.

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.

Blue Origin has yet to announce when it will start taking reservations or how much flights will cost. Bezos, its founder, heads up Amazon.

Just like during the previous two test flights, Blue Origin's test dummy, Mannequin Skywalker, was present on board the crew capsule to do his duty and test out the various forces that passengers would feel during a space ride on the New Shepard 2.0, notes BGR. This is high enough for the people to experience a few moments of weightlessness.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft
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At this altitude, the sky looks dark and the curvature of the earth can be seen clearly. After launching, it detaches and continues its trajectory several miles toward the sky.

According to Bezos, in a capsule will separate cabins for each member of the expedition, as well as the portholes upright.

New Shepard aced today's flight test as well.

Blue Origin representatives did not respond to requests for comment on its programs and pricing strategy.

Now the promoter of missions to Mars Elon musk has a competitor that can offer the ticket at the lowest price, through which space travel will become available. Bezos has said the company's ultimate goal is to help get millions of people living and working in space. "Anyone predicting dates is guessing".

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