Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos's private space company, has successfully performed a landing of its New Shepard rocket booster and crew capsule. In October, 2016, the company conducted a lower altitude in-flight escape test when engineers intentionally triggered the spacecraft's launch abort system at about 45 seconds after launch and an altitude of 16,000 feet. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.
Blue Origin has yet to announce when it will start taking reservations or how much flights will cost.
Blue Origin is set to push the rocket to its limits during this test.
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever
"It's an important step in our march in flying humans into space", Ariane Cornell, the Blue Origin launch broadcaster, said prior to the launch.
The booster landed back in west Texas a few minutes later while the capsule made its way back to the desert floor.
The company has undergone eight test flights of the vertical take-off and landing of the space vehicle from its launch pad located in Texas.More news: Rory hits back at Butch - I'm no robot
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.
The design of New Shepard will enable to fly six passengers more than 62 miles beyond the Earth into suborbital space.
Aside from Mannequin Skywalker, the New Shepard spacecraft carried a payload of science experiments from NASA, commercial firms, and universities, as well as cargo sent up the company's own personnel as part of the "Fly My Stuff" program - all detailed on the Blue Origin website in the Mission 9 cargo manifest.More news: Iran files lawsuit against United States over sanctions
Numerous payloads will be flying in the spacecraft during the test, ranging from global customers, such as Thailand's "mu Space-1" - which includes an assortment of scientific and medical items, several textile materials they plan to use on their future space suit and apparel, and other special articles for their community partners - through to a suite of payloads from Blue Origin employees as a part of their internal "Fly My Stuff" program.
However, a Blue Origin employee with first-hand knowledge of the pricing strategy said that the company will be charging passengers in the range of $200,000 to $300,000.
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Like SpaceX's Falcon rockets, New Shepard is created to launch, land and be reused.