The US space company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, successfully completed a new test flight of its small space tourism rocket on Tuesday, although there is still no scheduled date for the first passenger flight.
The New Shepard capsule was propelled to the frontier of space by a small reusable rocket that returned and landed vertically and whose flight was the seventh in a row.
The capsule, in which up to six passengers will be able to travel one day, reached an altitude of 107 kilometers, according to preliminary data.
Then it came to rest in the middle of a cloud of dust in the West Texas desert, braked by parachute. The total flight time was 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
Blue Origin previously unveiled the interior of the ship: six seats, horizontal backrests, very large windows and careful lighting, equipped with multiple cameras to immortalize the few minutes in which the “tourists” will float in the cabin to admire the curvature of the earth.
This summer, competitor Virgin Galactic also showed the interior of its own spacecraft, which is supposed to one day also take private passengers a few minutes to the frontier of space.
But none of the companies has announced the start of commercial flights, which have been expected for years.
While that wait passes, Blue Origin offers customers a test bed for space equipment. On Tuesday, the rocket was used to test devices NASA is developing to help future astronauts land on the Moon.