Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard spacecraft live right here

Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard spacecraft live right here

Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost.

On Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin says it will push the New Shepard rocket to its limits with a high-altitude escape motor test. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the correct time, sending the capsule higher than it ever has gone before.

Both the booster and capsule that sits atop the rocket successfully returned to Earth. Although it did not have any flight passengers yet, two of the flights have included "Mannequin Skywalker", its test dummy.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft

"Anything could have happened today, and this is the best possible outcome", Blue Origin the launch commentator Ariane Cornell said during the live webcast of Mission 9, available in the video below and which started airing 20 minutes after the New Shepard was launched. Bezos, its founder, heads up Amazon and was announced as the richest man in modern history, being valued at $US150 billion ($200 billion). "This, combined with the data from the first flight, should provide an extensive set of parameters of the test environment".

Other items aboard the flight include a NASA-funded vibration damping system to allow for more precise experiments in microgravity, an assortment of scientific, medical and textile materials from the Thai startup mu Space, and an allotment of mementos and other items provided by Blue Origin employees.

Company officials were recently quoted as saying the first tests with Blue Origin astronauts would take place "at the end of this year", with tickets for the public expected to go on sale in 2019. The rocket takes off, enters sub-orbital space, and comes back to the planet. Blue Origin tested the same procedure in October 2016, only the previous emergency motor test was conducted at low altitude. "Anyone predicting dates is guessing", according to the statement.

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