The rocket, which has no crew on board, will take off from a proving ground in rural Texas on Thursday around 9:30 am ET.
It will be the eleventh unrestrained test of Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket, and it could be one of the last before the company sells tickets and sends its first customers into space. Blue Origin said earlier this year that New Shepard 2019 will open for business.
A capsule equipped with huge windows that can be used by future tourists from the rocket. But for the people it is not yet so far: Blue Origin said the rocket will transport 38 research payloads during the flight on Friday.
After all, Blue Origin wants to take passengers directly over 1
00 kilometers above the Earth, which is the most frequently used line. Define the beginning of space. People experience a few minutes of weightlessness before the capsule begins their descent. But the company, which has kept much of its developmental progress secret, has not started selling tickets, nor has it announced a price.
New Shepard will help Blue Origin to compete directly with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic on the suborbital space tourism market.
Branson, the billionaire businessman, told CNN Business in December that he wanted passengers in the middle of 2019. About 600 people have reserved a Virgin Galactic ticket, which costs between $ 200,000 and $ 250,000.
Virgin Galactic – which aims to fly groups of people to the edge of space with a rocket plane – has conducted two test flights above the 50-mile mark since December. His spaceship requires two pilots to fly.
The Blue Origin rocket is now fully automated. Both the blue and the galactic spaceship "Virgin" are reusable.
Bezos has said that he is financing Blue Origin by selling a stock value of    ( AMZN ) from Amazon every year. The company is quietly working on several other projects, including a giant rocket called New Glenn, which will be able to send powerful satellites and other payloads into orbit.
While Elon Musk and his rocket company SpaceX have found massive media interest over the past decade, Blue Origin has largely remained under the radar.
That could change soon. Bezos will be holding press work for the Blue Origin press in Washington DC on May 9. The company has disclosed details of the event, but said it will "contain an update on our progress and share our vision of going into space to serve Earth."