The company's New Shepard rocket blasted off Wednesday on a test flight from West Texas.
The climax of the uncrewed test flight came shortly after New Shepard's capsule separated from its booster and switched on its 70,000-pound-thrust escape rocket motor. One company sent up a system created to provide reliable WiFi connectivity in space, while another added a number of textiles to the capsule so they could test their viability for use in space suits.
By the seventh test, the campaign featured a new next-generation booster - powered by its BE-3 engine - and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0, a spacecraft that featured real windows, measuring 2.4 x 3.6 feet.
Blue Origin officials said in April the New Shepard could fly with people for the first time by the end of this year, followed by commercial riders. It should start at 8 a.m. PT.More news: You Don't Need to Buy World of Warcraft Anymore
Mission 9 will feature a crew capsule mounted on top of the rocket to carry the experiments as well as a dummy called "Mannequin Skywalker".
Blue Origin has yet to announce when it will start taking reservations or how much flights will cost. Both the booster and the capsule landed safely less than 12 minutes after liftoff, the latter touching down softly on the desert floor under parachutes, sending up a plume of dust.
"We are excited to join the upcoming New Shepard flight".
Experiments hitching a ride on the test flight Wednesday include a privately-developed in-cabin WiFi transmitter, and a package of NASA sensors to measure cabin pressure, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, acoustic conditions, and acceleration inside the crew capsule.
It is a so-called "full envelope" abort system, meaning it is created to operate in all phases of flight, from ground level to high altitudes and any point in between.More news: Secret Service agent died on Trump trip abroad, body returning to US
The hardware used in previous tests has been retired and put on exhibit at Blue Origin's Florida rocket factory, where the orbital-class New Glenn rocket will be built.
The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes.
However, Blue Origin rebuked the amount in a statement.
If all goes well, the demonstration may well see Blue Origin closer to flying people on brief trips to space. "At Blue Origin, we're all about safety", she said.More news: Oz Amazon Prime Day Posts Record Results