New Shepard makes another successful test flight


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Capitalism in space: Blue Origin’s suborbital New Shepard spacecraft made another successful test flight today, reaching approximately 350,000 feet elevation, about 66 miles.

This was the fourth flight for this second New Shepard craft, and the tenth overall of their test program.

I have embedded the video of the launch below the fold.

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2 comments

  • Kyle Kooy

    I just don’t understand the appeal of New Shepard, 11 min, thats all you get in near-space? How is that even marketable?

  • Kyle Kooy: Ten years ago a short suborbital flight for tourists had some strong market appeal, as it was pretty much the only relatively low cost option for private citizens who could not afford the big price tag for a Soyuz orbital flight.

    Today however your skepticism is more warranted. Orbital tourist flights, at a much lower cost, seem just around the corner. This will make tourist flights on these suborbital spacecraft less interesting.

    At the same time, there is money to be made with a reusable suborbital research craft, as was done on this very flight by Blue Origin. Science and engineering payloads need a cheap way to do tests. Expect this section of the rocket industry to move in this direction.

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