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Jeff Bezos Blue Origin to Launch'High-Altitude Escape Motor Test Wednesday

"Anything could have happened today, and this is the best possible outcome", said Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin's launch commentator.

Blue Origin, the aerospace company backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, completed a test Wednesday of a new motor during a blastoff from its launchpad in west Texas.

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 vehicle lifted off from the company's West Texas test site at 11:11 a.m.

The team will then attempt to safely land the booster, as it did during a similar test back in 2016. The launch, the ninth test flight in the overall New Shepard development program, was announced a day in advance by the company.

The reusable New Shepard rocket settles to a picture-perfect touchdown. (Blue Origin via YouTube) The New Shepard capsule makes its descent.

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A crew capsule mounted on top of the New Shepard rocket will carry experiments and a dummy nicknamed "Mannequin Skywalker" to simulate the experience passengers will see on future flights.

Numerous payloads will be flying in the spacecraft during the test, ranging from worldwide customers, such as Thailand's "mu Space-1" - which includes an assortment of scientific and medical items, several textile materials they plan to use on their future space suit and apparel, and other special articles for their community partners - through to a suite of payloads from Blue Origin employees as a part of their internal "Fly My Stuff" program. Once it reached the threshold of space, the capsule fired its motors, shooting it away from the booster in a maneuver the company said would "push the rocket to its limits".

That second flight saw the New Shepard booster lofting its Crew Module to an altitude of 329,839 feet before returning under powered control to an upright landing - marking the first time a suborbital rocket successfully landed after a straight-up/straight-down flight. "Great engineering and the lucky boots worked again".

Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost. The flight of experiment was arranged Olympiaspace, a European "commercial space agency" that took care of logistical and regulatory matters for the payload. Also, ticket prices for a trip into space haven't yet been decided, noted Cornell.

"It's coming", said Cornell, who's in charge of astronaut sales as well as launch commentary.

"But we've got our eye on the prize", she added.

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