In addition to Mannequin Skywalker, Blue Origin's in-cabin dummy, there will be scientific experiments, spacesuit material tests, WiFi access testing and more throughout the flight.
This is Blue Origin's ninth mission.
However, before any of that can happen the company needs to make sure its hardware is up to the task, and flights like the one today are steps in that direction. Although some reports suggest the price of a ticket could be in the $200,000-to-$300,000 range, Blue Origin says no price has yet been set and no reservations are yet being taken. Though, the 10-second countdown begins at around the 35 minute mark.
The booster and capsule - both repeat fliers - landed successfully.
By the seventh test, the campaign featured a new next-generation booster - powered by its BE-3 engine - and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0, a spacecraft that featured real windows, measuring 2.4 x 3.6 feet.
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Blue Origin conducted a successful test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle July 18 that demonstrated its crew capsule escape system.
The capsule parachuted down to the desert floor after reaching roughly 7,000 feet of altitude.
During the 2016 test, ignition of the escape motor did not noticeably affect the reusable booster, which continued to fire before shutting down normally and falling back to Earth for a rocket-powered upright landing.
Both the booster and the capsule survived the test, returning to Earth with a soft landing.
The testing on Flight 9 will once again focus on the safety systems.
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In a brief statement announcing Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin offered no further details on the objectives or the technical parameters for the planned high-altitude escape motor test.
While this flight was primarily meant to demonstrate the vehicle's escape system, the crew capsule carried eight research and technology demonstration payloads, similar to what the vehicle has done on previous suborbital test flights. The New Glenn will compete with United Launch Alliance's upcoming Vulcan rocket and with SpaceX boosters in the USA launch market.
Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost.
New Shepard's reusable booster comes in for a landing. That rocket is now part of a road show and will eventually go to a museum. However, that is not expected until deep into the 2020s.
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