Blue Origin will be aiming to launch its brand-new Shepard rocket on Sunday, founder Jeff Bezos said in a tweet.
Bezos, who founded the company as well as also also invests $1 billion each year into Blue Origin through selling Amazon stock, said the Sunday launch window will open at 9:30 a.m. ET. He added which “livestream info” will be coming soon.
@JeffBezos: Launch preparations are underway for brand-new Shepard’s 8th test flight, as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight. Currently targeting Sunday 4/29 with launch window opening up at 830am CDT. Livestream info to come. @BlueOrigin #GradatimFerociter
This particular will be Blue Origin’s first flight This particular year. In December, its seventh brand-new Shepard mission launched, landed as well as also also successfully deployed the unmanned Crew Capsule 2.0. the item was the company’s first launch in 14 months.
Sunday’s flight will be a continuation of Blue Origin’s progress toward sending humans to suborbital space. CEO Bob Smith told CNBC last week he hopes the company will be launching tourists to space on brand-new Shepard This particular year. He cautioned which the company will only “go when we’re ready.”
“We want to make sure the item’s completely safe for our passengers,” Smith said.
brand-new Shepard — named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard — launches vertically through the company’s facility near Van Horn, Texas. from the seventh test flight, brand-new Shepard’s booster reached nearly 61 miles above sea level before the capsule separated. The booster than returned to land on a concrete pad, smoothly coming back to Earth at about 7 miles per hour.
The capsule later touched down on the desert floor at 1 mile per hour. The capsule will be designed to hold six astronauts. With its large windows, Crew Capsule 2.0 will be built to make the item cheaper as well as also also easier for humans to experience weightlessness on the edge of space. After disconnecting through brand-new Shepard’s booster, the capsule glides in space at three times the speed of sound for a few minutes before gravity pulls the craft into a free fall. Three parachutes as well as also also a retrothrust system slow the capsule before touchdown.