Jeff Bezos rocket company tests spacecraft

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Blue Origin, the aerospace company backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, completed a test Wednesday of a new motor during a blastoff from its launchpad in west Texas. The entire mission lasted 11 minutes and 17 seconds.

On Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin says it will push the New Shepard rocket to its limits with a high-altitude escape motor test.

Accompanying the dummy aboard the capsule were NASA atmospheric science experiments and payloads from paying customers.

Moments later, small drogue parachutes deployed to slow and stabilize the capsule before three huge blue-and-orange chutes unfurled to lower the spacecraft to a gentle landing.

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He didn't observe "any major explosions", so he navigated his vessel closer, to about 250 yards (228 meters) away from the lava. A small "island of lava" has popped up near Kilauea in Hawaii , as USA authorities continue to monitor activity at the volcano.

Blue Origin officials said in April the New Shepard could fly with people for the first time by the end of this year, followed by commercial riders.

Mannequin Skywalker had a smooth landing, Cornell reported.

Both the booster and the capsule survived the test, returning to Earth with a soft landing.

The vehicle's propulsion module boosted the crew capsule on a standard trajectory.

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It is a so-called "full envelope" abort system, meaning it is created to operate in all phases of flight, from ground level to high altitudes and any point in between. After a successful launch, it will be available for use on the capsule's next flight. This propelled the capsule to an altitude of roughly 119 kilometers (74 miles), a record height for the company.

While testing with New Shepard continues, work on Blue Origin's next vehicle, the New Glenn is pressing on, albeit mainly away from the attention of the media.

"We have not set ticket pricing and have had no serious discussions inside of Blue on the topic".

Cornell didn't offer a timetable for crewed flights beyond "soon" during the webcast but said they could begin "after a couple more tests". We haven't released those details. "But we've got our eyes on the prize". "That means understanding everything that's necessary for human spaceflight, including the escape system". "Just another day at the office", she said. There is speculation that Bezos himself, the world's richest person, will be among the first people to fly on New Shepard.

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Up against the favourite Serena, who was into her fourth tournament since the Australian Open victory, Kerber started well. Williams said, after the match: "She played from first point to the last point really good".

The flight will be Mission 9 for the company, and will feature a "high altitude escape motor test" which the company says will "push the rocket to its limits". The hardware used in previous tests has been retired and put on exhibit at Blue Origin's Florida rocket factory, where the orbital-class New Glenn rocket will be built.

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