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Blue Origin successfully launches and lands key crew capsule test in first mission of 2021

5 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

Blue Origin launched its first mission of 2021, flying its New Shepard rocket in West Texas to a medium height of just over 350,000 feet. This is the first flight for this particular booster, and for the capsule it carried, which was equipped with a range of new passenger safety, control and comfort systems that Blue Origin was testing during flight for the first time. Also on board was a life-sized test dummy called ‘Mannequin Skywalker' that recorded information during the flight and landing that the Blue Origin will now review.
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Watch live: Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin are launching a rocket that could make way for space tourist flights this year

Watch live: Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin are launching a rocket that could make way for space tourist flights this year

5 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement Blue Origin, founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, is a about to launch a crash-test dummy beyond the edge of space , or about 100 kilometers above Earth's surface.
This will be the 14th flight of the compact yet powerful New Shepard rocket , a reusable system designed to give well-heeled tourists a ride of their lives, involving a few minutes of weightlessness and remarkable views of Earth and space.
NS-14, as the mission is called, is scheduled to lift off at 11:57 a.m. EST from the company's Launch Site One in the desert near Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin plans...
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Watch Blue Origin launch a rocket with an upgraded crew capsule live

Watch Blue Origin launch a rocket with an upgraded crew capsule live

5 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

Blue Origin is launching its New Shepard suborbital rocket for the first time in 2021, with a liftoff planned for 9:45 AM CST from its launch facility in West Texas. This is the 14th flight of New Shepard, and it includes some key testing activities for Blue Origin in preparation for its first human spaceflight missions.
The company has been flying a crew capsule on board its rocket for quite a while now, albeit empty (or rather, loaded with scientific and other cargo, rather than people). This version includes some key systems that will be used when astronauts are inside, however...
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