Just days before Blue Origin makes the first manned flight of its New Shepard rocket, the company released a short video (below) showing how far it has come since its first test launch in 2015.
On board the reusable New Shepard rocket for the journey to the edge of space on Tuesday, July 20, will be Blue Origin owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who says the journey will be 100 kilometers above Earth Fulfilling a lifelong travel dream becomes a space.
Our first human flight on Tuesday will be the 16th flight in #NewShepard history. Learn about the meticulous and rigorous induction program that led us to take this first step. Watch the start live on https://t.co/7Y4TherpLr from 6:30 a.m. CDT / 11:30 UTC. #NSFirstHumanFlight pic.twitter.com/xWQRYLikZd
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 18, 2021
In the video, Gary Lai, Blue Origin Senior Director of New Shepard Design, explains how the team took “an aggressive step-by-step approach” during the 15 test flights of the single-stage, suborbital booster.
The work also included thorough tests of the crew capsule. For example, landings were made where the team did not intentionally deploy any of the main parachutes to ensure that the rest of them could land safely. Other capsule tests included firing the missile on the launch pad in the event of a serious anomaly just prior to take-off and performing the same abort sequence multiple times during flight.
Its more recent flights, the last of which was in April, have claimed scientific payloads while the team can continue to test systems associated with the rocket and capsule.
All flights were successful, with the exception of the very first when the New Shepard did not land upright on the launch pad shortly after takeoff, as was intended. The capsule, however, landed safely in all missions.
Bezos in the capsule on the booster will be his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, who will be the oldest person to travel into space at 82, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen, who will be the youngest at 18 , its such a trip.
Launched from the Blue Origin facility in West Texas, Tuesday’s mission will take just 10 minutes and provide the four crew members with breathtaking views of the earth and a brief period of weightlessness before heading for a parachute landing inside the Capsule.
Blue Origin plans to use the event to showcase the company’s planned space tourism service, which will take high-paying passengers on the same trip. Virgin Galactic, which recently sent billionaire founder Richard Branson on a similar journey to the edge of space, is also launching a space tourism service.
In response to criticism that such ventures are a huge waste of money involving billionaires in a small race for the (edge of) space, Branson said that while he agrees that those in one position Of wealth, should spend the most money tackling problems like climate change and poverty, it is also important to create new industries that inspire and nurture engineers and scientists who are able to develop space-based technologies that make life can change on earth.
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