Blue Origin's subsequent flight will finish in a crash-touchdown

Blue Origin's next flight will end in a crash-landing Blue Origin group members prepared the New Shepard Crew Capsule throughout meeting in Kent, Washington REUTERS/Blue Origin

Whereas Blue Origin has proven it may efficiently land a reusable rocket a number of occasions, the area tourism firm will hit the bottom just a little more durable on the subsequent check. As Jeff Bezos introduced this week, his area enterprise will deliberately crash the empty crew compartment to see what occurs when the parachutes fail.

On earlier missions, the empty crew compartment indifferent from Blue Origin’s flagship New Shepherd rocket and drifted again to Earth whereas the rocket stage landed. That’ll change on the subsequent flight.

“On this upcoming mission we additionally plan to emphasize the crew capsule by touchdown with an deliberately failed parachute, demonstrating our potential to securely deal with that failure state of affairs,” Bezos wrote in an e mail announcement yesterday. “It guarantees to be an thrilling demonstration.”

There is no introduced date for the flight but, however Bezos did say the check launch will embrace “further maneuvers on each the crew capsule and the booster” to raised perceive how the New Shepherd flies. All of this, in fact, is working in the direction of the bigger aim of launching manned check flights by subsequent yr and offering vacationer flights to area by 2018.. When these vacationer flights take off, Blue Origin plans to hold as much as six passengers at a time past the Karman line sixty two miles above the Earth the place they will get about 4 minutes of weightlessness earlier than returning house.