Blue Origin's new Shepard space system passed another major test on Wednesday: a high-altitude mission-attempt to land both the passenger capsule and the rocket in West Texas safely on Earth. Space tourists take note.
Last week Reuters reported Blue Origin employees think that these short tourist flights – which will take visitors to the suborbital space, where they can observe the curvature of the earth and experience the joys of weightlessness and giddiness – are about 200,000 to $ 300,000 per capita will cost.
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The final leg of their journey, a parachute jump in New Shepard's 6-person capsule, is likely to look very similar to the high point of Mission 9:
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The purpose of today's launch, surrounded by the sandy bush brush, was to test an escape engine on the capsule designed to propel this passenger and / or cargo portion of the vehicle quickly over Shepard's reusable rocket in an emergency. The RCS engines of the capsule were also a major target for testing, especially their ability to stabilize the capsule at these room and near-room altitudes. After traveling 2 minutes and 40 seconds together, these components separated successfully and the capsule traveled 119 kilometers above the earth to the allegedly highest distance, before finally performing the successful self-landing.
No one was on New Shepard this time, but a variety of scientific experiments made the trip for their own use, including a Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2 by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, designed to control cabin pressure, acoustic conditions and others To monitor flight data. The German Otto von Guericke University had an experiment on board to study the statistical dynamics of weightless dust clouds. And some Blue Origin employees have just put some of their personal belongings in the ship, apparently for fun.
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