The rocket company Blue Origin pulled off what appeared to be a flawless two-part launch test in west Texas on Wednesday.
Not long after the startup's New Shephard rocket lifted off, the company carried out a planned emergency separation of its crew capsule. Boosted on a plume of fire produced by a solid rocket motor, the capsule successfully launched away from the rocket, and then descended safely back down to Earth under three large parachutes.
In November, last year Blue Origin, a private space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced that it had successfully landed its New Shephard rocket back to Earth after the suborbital rocket had made its journey to spac...
Blue Origin, a rocket company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a capsule and booster, putting the company closer to its goal of carrying tourists into space.
The company, which is working toward carrying tourists into space, separated a crew capsule from the booster of its New Shepard rocket.
It was an unexpected double success for Blue Origin, as the private spaceflight company carried out its first in-flight test of its crew capsule escape system this Wednesday. At about 8:42 am PDT, the unmanned capsule touched down o...