Blue Origin completed a successful test flight for the New Shepard missile and capsule. The company, founded by Amazon CEO and world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, could start sending people into space within this year. ( Jeff Bezos | )
Blue Origin came one step closer to realizing space tourism with the successful eighth test flight of the New Shepard missile and capsule.
With the immaculate New Shepard test flight, what's next for Blue Origin and the space tourism industry?
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A few days before the New Shepard test flight, the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, revealed that the launch of the spacecraft was in progress. Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is the founder of Blue Origin.
The preparations for New Shepard's 8th Test Flight are in full swing as we continue our progress toward manned space flight. Currently on Sunday, 29.4. Will the startup window open at 8:30. Live stream info to come. @BlueOrigin #GradatimFerociter pic.twitter.com/zAYpAGWB8C ̵1; Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 27, 2018
The launch on April 29 at 8 : It was planned to test the safety of New Shepard not only by sending people into space, but also bringing it to Earth with a safe landing.
There were several hours of delays, with thunderstorms delaying start time and countdown stops for last-minute checks. However, Blue Origin is not denied and was able to successfully complete a flawless test flight.
The new Shepard spacecraft is designed to carry up to six people at altitudes of over 62 miles into space, which is widely accepted storage space threshold. The New Shepard capsule separated as planned from the rocket at a height of 47 miles and rose to a maximum altitude of 351,000 feet or 66.5 miles.
The launcher fell on its second test flight with its tail first on the launch pad after moving away from the capsule He ignited his engine and released four landing legs to get back to earth. Meanwhile, the capsule had a more leisurely descent, assisted by three large parachutes and rockets for the touchdown.
What's next for Blue Origin?
For Blue Origin, the test flight is more than just seeing the New Shepard missile and capsule working properly for takeoff and landing. On the capsule was a dummy named Mannequin Skywalker, equipped with instruments to measure the effects of the flight on space tourists.
A trip with the New Shepard spaceship was also a sensor for collecting data on the pressure. Noise and other environmental data in the passenger capsule, the Schmitt Space Communicator, which will provide WiFi to customers, and other scientific experiments.
Blue Origin will launch more tests in the next few months. If everything goes according to plan, the company can start sending people to New Shepard before the end of the year to mark the official start of the burgeoning space tourism industry.
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