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New Shepard sets altitude record, survives dramatic high abort test

28 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Blue Origin live video
With its ninth flight test, the New Shepard launch system put on quite a show on Wednesday morning. Flying from West Texas, the rocket and spacecraft ascended toward space before separating after about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Then, three minutes into the flight, the spacecraft's escape motor fired to pull the spacecraft rapidly upward and away from the booster.
This dramatic test pushed the spacecraft higher into space than it had ever been before, reaching an altitude of 119km. Engineers at Blue Origin wanted to see whether the capsule's reaction control system...
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Watch live: Blue Origin subjects its rocket to high-altitude escape test

Watch live: Blue Origin subjects its rocket to high-altitude escape test

28 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / New Shepard on the launch pad the morning of Mission 8, April 29, 2018.
As it continues to progress toward human flights, Blue Origin will perform another potentially dangerous, uncrewed test today of its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft. Although it has not yet provided details, the company says it will fly "a high altitude escape motor test-pushing the rocket to its limits." The test is scheduled to begin at 10 am EDT at the company's West Texas launch site.
This is the ninth test of the reusable New Shepard system, and the third in which it has included commercial payloads...
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