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Jeff Bezos’ personal house firm Blue Origin is ready to launch the fourteenth check flight of its New Shepard rocket booster and capsule, a system designed to hold folks on brief journeys to the sting of house.
The mission doesn’t have passengers on board, though the capsule on prime of the rocket is designed to hold as many as six folks for future flights. Known as NS-14, this mission additionally marks the primary flight of a brand new rocket booster and an upgraded crew capsule. The rocket booster and capsule that flew Blue Origin’s NS-13 mission in October stays operational, with the corporate saying it’s now devoted to flying microgravity analysis payloads.
NS-14’s new capsule options a number of upgrades to Blue Origin’s astronaut expertise.
“The upgrades include improvements to environmental features such as acoustics and temperature regulation inside the capsule, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat. The mission will also test a number of astronaut communication and safety alert systems,” the corporate mentioned in a weblog publish.
The inside of the newest New Shepard capsule
New Shepard is designed to carrying folks on a trip previous the sting of house, with the capsules on earlier check flights reaching an altitude of greater than 340,000 ft (or greater than 100 kilometers). The capsule spends as a lot as 10 minutes in zero gravity earlier than returning to Earth, with huge home windows to offer passengers a view.
Blue Origin famous that “all mission crew supporting this launch are exercising strict social distancing and safety measures to mitigate COVID-19 risks to personnel, customers, and surrounding communities.”
Bezos personally funds Blue Origin’s growth by promoting a part of his inventory in Amazon. While he has beforehand mentioned that he sells about $1 billion of Amazon shares yearly to fund the house firm, Bezos has just lately elevated his gross sales of Amazon inventory, cashing out greater than $10 billion value in 2020.