Jeff Bezos' company will charge $200,000 for a flight to space

Jo Lloyd
July 19, 2018

Wednesday morning, Blue Origin launched a capsule-carrying New Shepard rocket from its facility in West Texas. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet. Its effectiveness is essential to ensuring the safety of any people who might ride aboard the capsule in the future.

However, before any of that can happen the company needs to make sure its hardware is up to the task, and flights like the one today are steps in that direction.

The test will simulate an emergency high altitude "escape motor" test.

The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes.

That second flight saw the New Shepard booster lofting its Crew Module to an altitude of 329,839 feet before returning under powered control to an upright landing - marking the first time a suborbital rocket successfully landed after a straight-up/straight-down flight.

The company's New Shepard rocket blasted off Wednesday on a test flight from West Texas.

In a brief statement announcing Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin offered no further details on the objectives or the technical parameters for the planned high-altitude escape motor test.

Blue Origin is expected to conduct several more uncrewed tests in the months ahead, leading up to the first flight with Blue Origin's test astronauts.

An employee at Blue Origin told Reuters the ticket prices will begin between $200,000 and $300,000.

"Just another day at the office", said Cornell.

It's also not yet known how much Blue Origin plans to charge for rides in a New Shepard capsule.

The reusable New Shepard rocket settles to a picture-perfect touchdown.

Strapped into reclining seats at launch, the New Shepard passengers will be able to unstrap and briefly float about the cabin near the top of its trajectory when they will experience five to six minutes of weightlessness and enjoy the view from the largest windows ever built into an operational spacecraft. "It's coming", she said.

Blue Origin has completed a sprawling rocket factory near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to build New Glenn rockets and is developing a launch pad at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

This year has already been packed with rocket launches, and many of those have come from SpaceX.

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