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Travel Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Conducts Successful Test Flight for Tourism Rocket

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Conducts Successful Test Flight for Tourism Rocket

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award during the the 70th International Astronautical Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on October 22, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (Image: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
By AFP
October 15, 2020
The New Shepard capsule was propelled over the boundary of space by a small reusable launch vehicle that returned to land vertically

Blue Origin, the US space company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, succeeded Tuesday in its latest test flight of its rocket aimed at one day taking tourists to space, even as the date of the first crewed launch remains unclear.

The New Shepard capsule, which was propelled over the boundary of space by a small reusable launch vehicle that returned to land vertically, will one day carry up to six passengers. 

(Related: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Compete to Design Moon Landing Systems for Nasa)

It attained an altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometres) above sea level, before descending back to the surface using parachutes and landing in a cloud of dust in the desert of West Texas.

Its total flight time was 10 minutes and nine seconds.

Blue Origin previously unveiled the capsule's interior: six seats with horizontal backrests, placed next to large portholes, in a futuristic cabin with swish lighting.

Multiple cameras help immortalize the few minutes the tourists experience weightlessness while taking in the Earth's curvature.

(Related: Russian Space Firm Energia Plans to Take the First Tourist on a Space Walk in 2023)

This summer, competitor Virgin Galactic showed off the interior of its own vessel which is one day supposed to take private passengers to the boundaries of space for a few minutes.

But neither company has announced the start of commercial flights, which have been expected for years.

(Related: Billionaire Richard Branson Could Travel to Space as Virgin Galactic's First Passenger in 2021)

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