Blue Origin's launches its space capsule for the first time

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  1. The capsule was launched on a New Shepard 2.0 carrier rocket
  2. The crew capsule had no crew on board, only a crash test dummy
  3. The capsule flew to an altitude of around 99km and flight time was 10 minutes and 6 seconds

American aerospace firm Blue Origin tested-out its new crew capsule for the first time on Tuesday, as reported by Space.com.

The crew capsule was launched, minus a crew, on top of a New Shepard 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.

This seventh launch of the New Shepard took place at their Corn Ranch spaceport in West Texas.

Dubbed Crew Capsule 2.0, this version of the spacecraft has large windows 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 crewed tests would take place at the end of 2017. That’s now looking like sometime in 2018.

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