Watch: Blue Origin's new Shepard rocket successful test launch with 'Mannequin Skywalker'
West Texas : Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, successfully tested their reusable new Shepard rocket launch at company's west Texas site with a 'Mannequin Skywalker' inside large windows.
The company shared an edited version of the launch on social media. Watch it below:
This was the sixth successful launch test in a row, but this time Blue Origin attached big-windowed crew capsule to the rocket with a test dummy which they named 'Mannequin Skywalker'. (Keep scrolling down to check out the pictures)
Announcing the success test flight Blue Origin wrote on Twitter: "Successful first flight of #NewShepard today with the largest windows in space and commercial payloads on board."
Added Bezos: "#NewShepard had a successful first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0 today. Complete with windows and our instrumented test dummy. He had a great ride."
In the video, hydrogen-fueled New Shepard rocket blasting off on a brilliant jet of flame and climbing straight away through a deep blue sky.
The crew capsule was released after the booster’s engine shut down, soaring to an altitude of 322,000 feet — about 61 miles — before arcing back toward Earth. Small drogue chutes deployed to stabilize the spacecraft followed by three large chutes that slowed the ship for a gentle 1-mph touchdown near the launch site.
"Crew Capsule 2.0 features large windows, measuring 2.4 feet wide, 3.6 feet tall," the company said in a caption to its YouTube video. "(It) also included 12 commercial, research and education payloads onboard."
With successful test launches, the company is now aiming to launch real passengers within one and a half years. Check the flight in images below:
(Image Credits: Blue Origin)