Blue Origin is conducting launch preparations for the New Shepard's 8th test flight, a big milestone in the history of the program.
Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin is moving full steam ahead with an incredible project that involves sending a rocket into space, not a typical priority for a man best known for delivering packages door to door. Blue Origin will launch its New Shepard suborbital vehicle on Sunday from their West Texas test site, which would be the first space mission of the year for the company.
The billionaire announced via Twitter on Friday that the launch would be taking place two days later. “Launch preparations are underway for New Shepard’s 8th test flight, as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight. Currently targeting Sunday 4/29 with launch window opening up at 830am CDT. Livestream info to come. @BlueOrigin #GradatimFerociter,” Bezos wrote.
New Shepard is combination of a rocket and a capsule that is being developed to one day fly both passengers and scientific experiments to suborbital space and then return them. The capsule would land back on Earth using parachutes and the booster could be re-landed using engine firings, similar to how SpaceX is saving Falcon 9 rockets.