Engadget. This propelled the capsule to an altitude of roughly 119 kilometers (74 miles), a record height for the company. Both the booster and the capsule landed safely less than 12 minutes after liftoff, the latter touching down softly on the desert floor under parachutes, sending up a plume of dust.
Blue Origin, the Kent-based rocket maker, launched its New Shepard rocket Wednesday on a test flight from West Texas. Wednesday's flight tested the system at high altitude, just after the booster's BE-3 engine shut down following a smooth climb out of the thick lower atmosphere.
At the time of publishing, Blue Origin Origin did not reply to questions about how many more tests flights are needed before testing with humans begins.
An employee at Blue Origin told Reuters the ticket prices will begin between $200,000 and $300,000.
A sensor-equipped test dummy nicknamed Mannequin Skywalker sat in one of the capsule's seats.
It's also not yet known how much Blue Origin plans to charge for rides in a New Shepard capsule.
Although Blue Origin is yet to provide details, it is understood the company has already purchased the first landing ship for returning New Glenn boosters.
Numerous payloads will be flying in the spacecraft during the test, ranging from worldwide customers, such as Thailand's "mu Space-1" - which includes an assortment of scientific and medical items, several textile materials they plan to use on their future space suit and apparel, and other special articles for their community partners - through to a suite of payloads from Blue Origin employees as a part of their internal "Fly My Stuff" program.
"We haven't started selling tickets yet for the trip to space", said Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin's launch commentator.
But if all goes well, she said, "it's going to be a sweet ride".
With the production facility at Exploration Park all-but ready to start producing New Glenn hardware, work is also now taking place on the LC-11 and LC-36 pad facilities from which the rocket will be tested and launched from.
Eventually, up to six passengers at a time could get on board the New Shepard spaceship, which flies under autonomous control.