In what appears to be the new space race, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently tweeted a video of the seventh successful launch of the New Shepard rocket capsule. Funded by his private aerospace company Blue Origin, the unmanned Crew Capsule 2.0 blasted into space at the company’s launch site in West Texas.
Using a reusable system that operates via vertical launch, the booster and capsule contained a test dummy known as Mannequin Skywalker. It launched 250,000 feet into the air at around 2,000 mph. Records state that the rocket successfully landed back on the launchpad at a speed of 6.75 mph.
With rival company SpaceX already pushing plans to have passengers aboard its aptly-titled BFR (Big Fucking Rocket), Bezos has already signed up paying customers to board rockets that will transport them to space. No doubt it’ll cost you a pretty penny, but until then, it seems like the fight is on between the two aerospace giants.
To get a feel of what a ride to space might look like, check out the launch of the capsule above and, when you’re done, have a look at Elon Musk’s designs for the SpaceX bodysuit.
- Source: Business Insider
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