The USA tested the upgraded capsule designed for “tours” into orbit. The rocket with the ship was launched by the Blue Origin company, founded by billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
The New Shepard launch vehicle is recoverable, just like SpaceX’s rockets, a company created by American innovator Elon Musk.
On January 14, the Bezos rocket took off 106 km. The six-seat capsule split from the stage for which it was the first launch.
The entire mission took about 10 minutes. The crew unit landed with parachutes, and the reusable stage thanks to the engines.
The first suborbital flights with New Shepard are expected to take place before the end of the year. The only condition for selection will be financial – in order to be in space, those who wish will need to pay a truly “cosmic” amount.
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