Blue Origin set for 10th test flight

Source:AFP Published: 2019/1/23 20:48:42

Blue Origin, the rocket company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is poised to launch the 10th test flight of its unmanned New Shepard rocket on Wednesday as it competes with Virgin Galactic to become the first to carry tourists on brief visits to space.

The liftoff is scheduled for 8:50 am Central time (14:50 GMT) from a Texas launch pad. The rocket will be carrying several science experiments for NASA.

The small rocket crossed the frontier of space last year, which is internationally agreed to be 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth, known as the Karman Line.

New Shepard reached a height of 66 miles (107 kilometers) in April 2018.

The spacecraft is designed to one day carry up to six passengers for a journey lasting a total of 11 minutes.

The brief, suborbital flight - with two pilots on board - was a key milestone for the company which is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 per seat.



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