Blue Origin is getting closer and closer to sending people into space. With tickets costing somewhere between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000, it's safe to say that people get nervous because they have a chance to leave. Earlier this week, Jeff Bezos & # 39; Space Expedition completed its most important test to date in the form of a live separation of its crew capsule from its rocket booster. Everything went according to plan and since the crew drove their escape engine at exactly the right time, the capsule was sent further into space than ever before. With this latest green test light, the rocket company is closer to its goal of being fully operational by the end of 201
The launch was the ninth occasion for Blue Origin and the third for the New Shepard rocket. Like SpaceX spacecrafts and boosters, both major components of Blue Origin will be reused. Overall took the start about 150 seconds, then the engine was switched off. The capsule then sped the rest of their way into space as the booster crashed to earth, setting its landing gear and its rocket-propelled brakes on the ground to land safely on the ground. The capsule uses its parachutes to land safely. The capsule finally floated for about nine minutes (the whole lasted 11 minutes), reaching a top speed of 2,236 mph and a peak height of 389,846 feet above the surface of the earth.
The launch has obviously captured the imagination of the public, as more than 20,000 people have seen the YouTube Livestream of Blue Origin to see the test. Perhaps the interest was increased by the likelihood that these observers might one day become passengers. During the test, Blue Origin engineers placed a mannequin in the capsule to portray a human passenger.
"[The mannequin] probably reached 10 Gs," said Ariane Cornell of Blue Origin in a livestream. "But you know what, that's fine within what people can accept, especially in such a short time jump and in those tilted seats, it's just important that we bring the astronauts home safely."
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