Instead, the rocket was carrying 38 NASA-supported research payloads that perform scientific experiments about the effects of a zero-gravity environment. This time the payload will be greater, with a total of 38 experiments making their way on board, ranging from medical tech to art projects.
Smoothly accelerating as it consumed propellants and lost weight, the rocket shot away through the dense lower atmosphere and rapidly dwindled to a speck in the clear blue sky.More news: Thai the knot: King marries his bodyguard
Traveling at almost three times the speed of sound, the flight lasted around 10 minutes and saw the rocket's capsule reach a peak altitude of 346,406 feet.
The New Shepard vehicle lifted off on the NS-11 mission at approximately 9:35 a.m. "Our payload is a self-contained experiment (4.0" x 4.0" x 7.0", 1.1lbm) housing growth media and electronics powering this growth over the microgravity window", Sareen said while revealing about his project.More news: Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Gaza
Blue origin, the rocket company founded by amazon CEO jeff bezos, said earlier this year that it aims to be open for business this year. Both the Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic spacecrafts are reusable. If the capsule had been filled with space tourists, this would have been the time where they would have experienced zero gravity. And Blue Origin will today conduct a historic NASA mission with their New Shepard suborbital rocket, which can be live streamed online.
The flight was the fifth for this combination of crew capsule and propulsion module, and the 11th in the overall test program, dating back to April 2015. Several other startups are working hard on their own rocket technologies and courting eager clients with the prospect of affordable satellite launches and other potential missions. The NASA-sponsored payloads include a 3D-printing experiment led by the University of Kentucky, which could help advance off-Earth manufacturing technology; a centrifuge operated by the company NanoRacks that could allow researchers to gather biological data on suborbital missions; and a Purdue University experiment created to improve measurements of the fuel remaining in deep-space spacecraft's tanks. The New Glenn will compete with ULA's Vulcan and with SpaceX's Falcon family of rockets.More news: OnePlus 7 Pro To Get 12GB RAM