Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin launch used rocket, and fleas, to space

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin to Launch Its 1st Rocket Test of 2018 Sunday

Blue Origin's New Shepard 2.0 space capsule is created to fly 6 passengers on suborbital space tourism flights - trips that reach space but don't orbit the Earth - and can also carry commercial payloads and experiments. The launch company Blue Origin is in the territory his ranch in Texas.

Since Blue Origin is striving to reach this goal by the end of the year, the commercial space company is performing yet another unmanned test flight of its New Shepard rocket, Bezos announced yesterday on Twitter. The rocket takes its name from astronaut Alan Shepard, the first person in space. Founder Jeff Bezos says this launch will be shared live with the public, starting about 15 minutes before an expected launch time. The company said in a subsequent tweet- "Sparkle up your boots, Team Blue,". The capsule fell back to Earth a few minutes later, descending on parachutes and cushioning its own landing with retrorockets.

In addition to the test dummy astronaut, the mission also carried many commercial payloads on board New Shepard for in-space science and technology demonstrations.

This is Blue Origin's eight spaceflight since the company began flight testing New Shepard vehicles. We have to give Blue Origin the upper hand in sending a rocket to the edge of space and landing it back on Earth in one piece.

Sunday's launch marked the second flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard 2.0 vehicle (after a successful December 2017 test launch) and eighth test flight overall for the company's New Shepard program.

Blue Origin's plans for its rockets in the near term are a little different than what Musk and SpaceX have been doing with Falcon 9, and now Falcon Heavy, in recent years. "We go to space to save the Earth", Bezos tweeted on Earth Day.

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"Touchdown of the New Shepard Booster and Crew Capsule!" The capsule is created to hold six astronauts.

In the passenger capsule of the rocket will be a dummy Skywalker, named after Luke Skywalker from Star wars.

Although it has yet to make a formal announcement, the company seems to be getting closer to flying people on the suborbital tourism launch system-and perhaps beginning ticket sales.

The first stage of New Glenn is planned to use the same design elements as New Shepard, so the New Shepard tests, while not on the same scale, continue to help prove out hardware and operations for New Glenn.

Several minutes after launch, the rocket landed safely at a nearby pad and three large parachutes slowed the crew capsule's fall back to Earth to around 20 miles per hour (32 km/h). In this case, the rocket offers twice more space for paying passengers.

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