New York (The Verge) — Watch Blue Origin send its New Shepard passenger rocket to space and back theverge.com/2019/12/10/210….
After a seven-month hiatus from spaceflight, private aerospace company Blue Origin is set to fly its New Shepard rocket to space and back again on the company’s 12th overall test flight. It’ll be the sixth time this particular New Shepard vehicle has seen space and then landed back on Earth.
The New Shepard is Blue Origin’s passenger rocket, designed to take crews of six to the edge of space to experience a few minutes of weightlessness. The vehicle is meant to take off vertically from the ground, carrying a capsule to 62 miles or 100 kilometers up, a height many consider to be above the boundary to space. While high above the Earth, the capsule on top of the vehicle — where future passengers will ride — detaches from the rest of the rocket. The two parts of the vehicle will then fall back to Earth; the rocket is designed to land propulsively, using its engine to lower itself to the ground, while the capsule will land with the aid of parachutes. — Loren Grush/@verge