Blue Origin tests new motor during blast off from Texas facility

Amazon creator Jeff Bezos has launched his New Shepherd rocket higher than previously

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The booster flown on Tuesday has been launched twice previously.

The New Shepard suborbital vehicle is scheduled to launch from Blue Origin's West Texas test site Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT; 0900 local Texas time). The entire mission lasted 11 minutes and 17 seconds.

The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes.

So far, Blue Origin has completed eight test flights from its takeoff point in Texas.

But in comments to AFP, the company struck a more cautious note.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft
Blue Origin plans high-altitude escape test on suborbital launch Wednesday

The company launched and landed its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft without any difficulty, surpassing its previous altitude record by an impressive 12 miles (about 20 kilometers),Ars Technica reports. Many customers and the aerospace industry have been very keen on knowing the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle to find out whether or not it is affordable enough to generate a strong demand on space tourism.

The company said that by firing the emergency motor in the vacuum of space for the first time took things to the next level.

Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet or 119 kilometres. It is a safety measure to pull the crew/passenger capsule away from a failing booster. There are also science experiments from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Purdue University, and Otto von Guericke University and Olympiaspace in Germany.

On Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin said it was carrying several scientific experiments, including one to test the use of Wi-Fi Internet access in space. The New Glenn could launch on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral by the end of 2020.

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