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Blue Origin's launches its space capsule for the first time Blue Origin's launches its space capsule for the first time
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The first flight of Blue Origin's crew capsule proves succesful The first flight of Blue Origin's crew capsule proves succesful
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The capsule was launched on a New Shepard carrier rocket on 12th December 2017 , The crew capsule had no crew on-board, only a crash test dummy , Flew to an altitude of around 99km The capsule was launched on a New Shepard carrier rocket on 12th December 2017 , The crew capsule had no crew on-board, only a crash test dummy , Flew to an altitude of around 99km
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American aerospace firm <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Origin">Blue Origin</a> tested-out its new crew capsule for the first time on Tuesday, as reported by <a href="https://www.space.com/39088-blue-origin-upgraded-new-shepard-test-flight-video.html">Space.com</a>. American aerospace firm <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Origin">Blue Origin</a> tested-out its new crew capsule for the first time on Tuesday, as reported by <a href="https://www.space.com/39088-blue-origin-upgraded-new-shepard-test-flight-video.html">Space.com</a>.
The crew capsule was launched, minus a crew, on top of a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Shepard">New Shepard</a> reusable rocket. Both the rocket and capsule appeared to survive the test intact, with the rocket using its boosters for a controlled landing and the capsule using its parachutes. The crew capsule was launched, minus a crew, on top of a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Shepard">New Shepard</a> reusable rocket. Both the rocket and capsule appeared to survive the test intact, with the rocket using its boosters for a controlled landing and the capsule using its parachutes.
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSDHM6iuogI[/embed] [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSDHM6iuogI[/embed]
This seventh launch of the New Shepard took place at their <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_Ranch">Corn Ranch</a> spaceport in West Texas.  This seventh launch of the New Shepard took place at their <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_Ranch">Corn Ranch</a> spaceport in West Texas in the United States.
Dubbed Crew Capsule 2.0, this version of the spacecraft has <a href="https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/13/blue-origin-launches-new-shepard-test-flight/">large windows</a> which will allow future space tourists a view of space from inside the capsule. Dubbed Crew Capsule 2.0, this version of the spacecraft has <a href="https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/13/blue-origin-launches-new-shepard-test-flight/">large windows</a> which will allow future space tourists a view of space from inside the capsule.
The intention is for Blue Origin to offer sub-orbital spaceflights to paying customers after it has been tested by astronauts. It was previously reported that <a href="http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-on-track-for-human-suborbital-test-flights-in-2017/">crewed tests would take place at the end of 2017</a>. That's now looking like sometime in 2018. The intention is for Blue Origin to offer sub-orbital spaceflights to paying customers after it has been tested by astronauts. It was previously reported that <a href="http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-on-track-for-human-suborbital-test-flights-in-2017/">crewed tests would take place at the end of 2017</a>. That's now looking like sometime in 2018.
  Blue Origin is owned by Amazon.com founder <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos">Jeff Bezos</a>, and competes with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Galactic">Virgin Galactic</a> in the space tourism industry.
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