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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sets launch record as it tests NASA moon gear

Blue Origin set a brand new mark for recycling rockets Tuesday morning by sending the identical New Shepard spacecraft to the sting of area for the seventh time.

The spaceflight company founded and funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos accomplished its 13th New Shepard mission from its non-public launch facility in west Texas whereas additionally testing some key tools for future NASA missions to the moon. 

The mission was initially set for late September from the Texas website, however was delayed a number of instances resulting from climate and technical points. It lastly left Earth at 6:37 a.m. PT (8:37 a.m. Texas time) Tuesday and returned to land on the identical facility in two items nearly 10 minutes later. 

A New Shepard launches for the seventh time.


Blue Origin video seize by Eric Mack/PJDM

A couple of minutes after blasting off, the crew capsule carrying a lot of the experiments separated from the rocket booster. The booster returned to the Earth for a precision touchdown, whereas the capsule drifted again to the floor with the assistance of parachutes a couple of minutes later.

Sooner or later, Blue Origin is planning to promote journeys to area for intrepid vacationers who will take a journey within the crew capsule. 

Throughout its brief time in microgravity, Mission NS-13 and its dozen payloads intention to collect scads of information for a lot of assessments and experiments, together with an indication of a lunar touchdown sensor that may check applied sciences for future moon missions as a part of NASA’s Artemis program.

The sensor is the primary payload to journey mounted to the outside of New Shepard moderately than inside its capsule. 

Just a few of the opposite payloads on board this flight of New Shepard embrace a check of a brand new system to autonomously develop aquatic vegetation that might complement a crew’s weight-reduction plan and of a brand new cooling system developed by NASA for spacecraft electronics.  

SpaceX, one other industrial area outfit headed by a well-known billionaire, within the type of Elon Musk, has up to now used a single Falcon 9 booster up to six times. It is value noting, although, that the Falcon 9 is a special class of rocket that’s used for extra technically sophisticated orbital missions.

You’ll be able to watch a recording of the launch reside feed under.

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Eric Mack