As part of the launch, new technologies were tested, including precision landing sensors.
The commercial space company Blue Origin, together with the US aerospace Agency NASA, launched an uncrewed reusable suborbital rocket. It landed at the spaceport in West Texas.
The launch vehicle’s flight to an altitude of approximately 100 kilometers to the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space and back took 12 minutes and allowed testing several new technologies, including two sensor systems for precise descent and landing. They can avoid potential hazards in landing zones and can be used in future landing modules to the Moon and Mars.
The flight also tested a six-person Autonomous capsule developed by Blue Origin, designed for future commercial passenger flights. According to the company, this capsule provides the largest portholes among all the spacecraft ever created. Once in space, the capsule is separated from the launch vehicle to continue the flight in a separate mode. It is assumed that its future passengers will spend up to ten minutes in space, in a state of weightlessness.
The reusable rocket, named New Shepard in honor of the first American cosmonaut to go into space, Alan Shepard, made an automatic landing at the spaceport in Texas. Soon after, the crew capsule landed on three large parachutes.
The capsule was loaded with equipment for various experiments and other useful cargo and postcards sent by children from all over the country.
Blue Origin is owned by American investor and entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, founder, and President of the Corporation Amazon.com.