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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch his New Shepard rocket for the fourth time this year, but despite having the billionaire founder on a crew on the last flight, Thursday’s mission will not carry people inside the capsule.
This New Shepard mission is known as the NS-1
“Suborbital Tryptych”, a series of three portraits of Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo, is painted on a panel on top of the New Shepard crew.
The rocket will launch from Blue Origin’s private facility in West Texas, aiming to reach over 100,000 kilometers (or more than 340,000 feet) before returning safely to Earth a few minutes later.
Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos is launched with three crew members aboard a New Shepard rocket on the world’s first un piloted suborbital aircraft from Blue Origin’s Launch Site 1 near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021.
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This reusable New Shepard rocket launcher is being launched for the eighth time. Booster and capsule for NS-17 is dedicated to flying cargo missions, with Blue Origin rotating it with another booster and capsule for crew missions. The company expects to start its second crew flight before the end of the year.
Although the company has not stated prices, New Shepard competes with Virgin Galactic in suborbital space tourism. Bezos said last month that Blue Origin has sold nearly $ 100 million worth of tickets for future passenger flights.
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