Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Space Capsule Aces Dramatic In-Flight Escape Test

October 5, 2016 4:37 PM

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Space Capsule Aces Dramatic In-Flight Escape Test

The private spaceflight company, which is run by billionaire Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, conducted a critical "in-flight escape test" of its crew-carrying New Shepard system today (Oct. 5) — and everything appears to have worked just as expected.

New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, both of which are reusable. Blue Origin is developing the duo to fly people and scientific experiments to and from suborbital space. (The system is named after Alan Shepard, who became the first American in space during a suborbital jaunt in May 1961.)...

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