Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard spacecraft live right here

The company has undergone eight test flights of the vertical take-off and landing of the space vehicle from its launch pad located in Texas. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 350,000 feet (106,680 meters), which was about five percent higher than previous New Shepard test flights.

The booster and capsule - both repeat fliers - landed successfully. It was the ninth test flight and lasted 11 minutes. Although it did not have any flight passengers yet, two of the flights have included "Mannequin Skywalker", its test dummy.

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It's part of a safety system meant to save lives once space tourists and others climb aboard for suborbital hops. But the company has not set a firm timetable for the start of crewed test flights, or the launch of commercial services directed at the space tourism and suborbital research markets. People will be able to rise to the height of 100 km above the Earth, where you will see that our planet is spherical in shape.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft
Blue Origin plans high-altitude escape test on suborbital launch Wednesday

Today's launch should be pretty routine for the space startup, but nothing is ever guaranteed when you're working with rockets.

Blue Origin has not announced a specific timeline or a price for flying passengers.

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 company has not publicly revealed how much it will charge for a seat aboard the suborbital vehicle. His direct competitor, Elon Musk, says Bezos, will be able to offer so low price for flights. The representative of the company Jeff Bezos said that the price of such "trips" will be 200-300 thousand dollars. "Anyone predicting dates is guessing", according to the statement.

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