Blue Origin tests new motor during blast off from Texas facility

Audrey Hill
July 22, 2018

A team of engineers in West Texas is preparing Blue Origin's suborbital New Shepard booster for launch Wednesday on an uncrewed test flight aimed at demonstrating a key safety feature for space tourists and scientists riding on future rockets soaring to the edge of space. If this test goes well, Blue Origin's New Shepard program could become operational as early as this year. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet.

The booster landed back in west Texas a few minutes later while the capsule made its way back to the desert floor.

Wednesday's passenger was Mannequin Skywalker, plus science experiments. Many customers and the aerospace industry have been very keen on knowing the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle to find out whether or not it is affordable enough to generate a strong demand on space tourism.

With this latest success, Blu Origin is inching its way until its first crewed test flight, which the company expects to take place later this year, after a "couple more tests", noted Cornell.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft

But Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, is also racing to be the first - with both companies using radically different technology.

Additionally, they will be able to see the curvature of the earth at an altitude of 93,573 meters, before the pressurized pod returns to the planet with the help of parachutes.

It's part of a safety system meant to save lives once space tourists and others climb aboard for suborbital hops. This time, the company continued work toward increasing the robustness of WIFI in space with an antenna created to withstand the rigors of a rocket demonstration. But the company Blue Origin has found a way out of this situation. "Anyone predicting dates is guessing", according to the statement.

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