TECH Blue Origin completes first human test spaceflight


Blue Origin completes first human test spaceflight


01:07, July 21, 2021

Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos is launched with three crew members aboard a New Shepard rocket on the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight from Blue Origin's Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, U.S., July 20, 2021 in a still image from video. /Reuters

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Xinhua) -- American aerospace company Blue Origin completed its first test spaceflight with founder Jeff Bezos onboard, marking a giant leap forward for the company's commercial suborbital spaceflight tourism ambitions.

The company's spacecraft New Shepard lifted off at about 8:12 a.m. Central Time (1312 GMT) on Tuesday from its West Texas test site.

Four people flew onboard New Shepard, including Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, former American aviator Wally Funk and Blue Origin's first paying customer Oliver Daemen.

The vehicle was launched to an altitude of about 100 kilometers, where the passengers experienced several minutes of weightlessness before returning to the Earth and landing at the West Texas site.

It was New Shepard's 16th flight to space and its first crewed flight.

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