Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test

Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test

Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin launched its ninth New Shepard rocket mission today at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT; 10 a.m. CDT), an hour later than first indicated, from the firm's launch site in Van Horn, Texas. Its effectiveness is essential to ensuring the safety of any people who might ride aboard the capsule in the future.

Blue Origin used this launch to test an abort of the capsule in space, should anything go wrong during a real crewed flight.

The high-altitude escape motor test is created to simulate what would happen if there was a problem with the launch vehicle during ascent.

This was the third trip to space for both this New Shepherd rocket booster and the crew capsule, both created to be reusable like SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster and Dragon capsules. The launch will also see the New Shepard rocket perform a high-altitude escape motor test to push the ship to its limit. 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.

However, Blue Origin rebuked the amount in a statement.

Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost.

New Shepard is the first of a potential line of vehicles for Blue Origin.

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The reusable New Shepard rocket settles to a picture-perfect touchdown.

While testing with New Shepard continues, work on Blue Origin's next vehicle, the New Glenn is pressing on, albeit mainly away from the attention of the media.

Blue Origin successfully tested the rocket in April, launching a mannequin into space and returning it safely to the ground.

However, executives said they haven't set a price yet, according to CNET. It's coming, but we've got our eye on the prize, and we've got to make sure we understand our system through and through.

For Wednesday's flight, the spacecraft was loaded with a variety of experiments, including instrumentation provided by NASA to measure pressure, acoustics, acceleration and other factors, a WiFi experiment, a study of how fine particles interact in random collisions and another NASA experiment to learn more about how water droplets behave in microgravity.

One payload, called "Fly My Stuff", included personal items supplied by company employees.

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