Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space on Thursday to test all the benefits of astronauts before people hook up.
Thursday’s flight with a mannequin called the Mannequin Skywalker lasted 10 minutes and reached 106 kilometers above West Texas. Both the New Shepard rocket and the capsule landed successfully. It was the fourteenth flight to the edge of space for a New Shepard rocket. The first was in 2015.
“The success of this flight really puts us a big step towards flying astronauts,” said launch commentator Ariane Cornell. from company headquarters in Kent, Washington.
“There will be a lot of fun in 2021”. Blue Origin plans to launch paying passengers – tourists, scientists and professional astronauts – on short hops into the remote West Texas desert. He is also working on a larger rocket, New Glenn, which would explode from Cape Canaveral is a lunar lander for astronauts as part of NASA’s Artemis lunar program.
The soaring capsule on Thursday featured the latest crew updates: microphones and push-to-talk buttons for the six seats, wall panels to muffle engine noise, a safety alarm system, and temperature and humidity controls for keep passengers comfortable and large windows free of fog. The launch and landing squad was reduced due to the pandemic.
New Shepard is named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard. New Glenn honors John Glenn, the first American to orbit.
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- The Jeff Bezos Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space on Thursday to test all the benefits of astronauts before people buckle up. Thursday’s flight with a mannequin called the Mannequin Skywalker took 10 minutes and reached 66 miles and 106 kilometers over West Texas.
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