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Blue Origin's New Shepard Spacecraft Landing a Smooth Success

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A Blue Origin photo shows a stable and precise landing of the New Shepard booster during its fourth mission on June 19, 2016. (Blue Origin)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 05:43 PM

Blue Origin's New Shepard sub-orbital spacecraft beat expectations when it successfully landed after launching into space Wednesday in a simulated emergency to test its escape system.

The vehicle's rocket booster was expected to crash to earth after the escape system was ignited in an exercise intended to demonstrate how the system will carry the passenger capsule to safety and then deploying parachutes to ease it to the ground in the event of a major rocket failure, The Verge reported.

The aim of the test flight was to recover the passenger capsule. But the test exceeded expectations when both the capsule and the rocket booster made it safely to land.

“There it is! There you go, New Shepard, look at her! What a test!” launch commentator Ariane Cornell exclaimed after the flight, according to CBS News. “What an extraordinary test, and a tremendous final flight for both craft. As we very optimistically aimed for, our crew capsule successfully executed its in-flight escape test, and the booster brilliantly continued to space and came home for a fifth landing.”

Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is developing New Shepard to carry space tourists and others to the edge of space, where they will experience weightlessness and views of Earth.

Bezos said earlier that if the booster survived the test flight, it would be rewarded with a party and retirement in a museum, CBS News noted.

The booster made its first of five successful test flights in November. The company expects to start sending test pilots up in a future New Shepard vehicle next year, and paying customers in 2018, The Verge said.

Bezos posted a video of the test flight on social media.

Twitter users cheered the successful test.

 

 

 

 

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