The blue origin company, founded by Jeff Bezos, founder of the US e-commerce giant, Jeff Bezos, successfully tested the flight in April 29th and recovered the upgraded version of the “new Shepard” suborbital aircraft. This is the company’s first launch mission this year and the second test of the spacecraft with the largest window.
Thunderstorms in the morning delayed the launch mission for several hours. Around 6 minutes at 13 hours east of the United States time, the “new Shepard” 2 aircraft, which combines rocket and spaceship, took off vertically from the blue origin company, located in the western Texas launch site.
The live video shows that after reaching a certain height, the rocket of the new Shepard 2 spacecraft is separated from the spacecraft. After a few minutes’ launch, the rocket first returned, and an engine ignited near the ground. The landing support was launched and the rocket landed vertically on the target landing site. Then the spacecraft landed with the help of the parachute. From launching to landing, the whole process takes about 10 minutes.
Prior to the mission, the “new Shepard” reached a maximum height of about 100 km, that is, the boundary between the earth’s atmosphere and outer space that is usually defined. After the launch of the day, Bezos said that in the 29 day of the launch mission, the aircraft arrived at the highest point of 107 kilometers, which is the goal height of the implementation (the future), (the distance carrying the manned mission) is another step.
That day was also the eighth test mission of the new Shepard aircraft. In December 2017, the company first tested the “new Shepard” 2 aircraft, the previous 6 tasks used in the old “new Shepard” aircraft was eliminated. The upgraded version of the “new Shepard” aircraft uses the new generation of rockets and the 2 version of the manned module, which is characterized by a “big window” with a height of 1.1 meters and a width of 0.73 meters.
Blue origin company said on Twitter account that there was a test astronaut in the manned cabin, which is the second time that it took the new Shepard travel. In addition, the aircraft carries research loads from NASA and other commercial companies.
The new Shepard aircraft is named after the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard. The goal of the blue origin company is to use this aircraft to send people to sub orbital travel. Suborbital generally refers to the area between 20 km and 100 km from the ground, between the highest flying altitude of the existing aircraft and the lowest orbital height of the satellite.
In addition to the blue origin company, the space exploration technology company, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Mask, has successfully tested and implemented rocket recovery many times. The latter’s rocket has to send the satellite to the earth’s low orbit and the first stage of the rocket recovery. It is more difficult than the blue origin and is more concerned by public opinion.