Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test
Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test
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21 July, 2018, 16:24
Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos's private space company, has successfully performed a landing of its New Shepard rocket booster and crew capsule. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet. Meanwhile, today's mission 9 included, for the first time ever, employee cargo from the firm's "Fly My Stuff" program.
Cornell, during the launch webcast, said launching humans could begin "hopefully after a couple more tests".
In a brief statement announcing Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin offered no further details on the objectives or the technical parameters for the planned high-altitude escape motor test.
But if all goes well, she said, "it's going to be a sweet ride". "That's where we're keeping our focus today". The motor is a safety feature that would pull the crew/passenger capsule away from a failing booster. "We've never done this before".
With the production facility at Exploration Park all-but ready to start producing New Glenn hardware, work is also now taking place on the LC-11 and LC-36 pad facilities from which the rocket will be tested and launched from. Lift off time 9:00 am CT / 14:00 UTC.
If all those tests go well, perhaps we'll see great deals on a New Shepard flight for Amazon Prime Day 2019. Both the spacecraft and the rocket landed safely back on Earth, the capsule returning to the ground after 11 minutes of flight.
Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost.
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.
Blue Origin pushed the rocket to its limits during this test.
While this flight was primarily meant to demonstrate the vehicle's escape system, the crew capsule carried eight research and technology demonstration payloads, similar to what the vehicle has done on previous suborbital test flights.
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