Bezos` Blue Origin conducts successful test flight for space tourism

Joanna Estrada
October 17, 2020

The Rocket will land back at the West Texas launch and landing site with a controlled, engine-powered descent, and the capsule will descend via parachute.

Blue Origin has successfully tested its New Shepard booster rocket created to help take humans into outer space, and even return to the moon by 2024.

The previous test flight of the rocket had taken place back in December a year ago and it was due to test it again in April but it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Today's launch included a test of NASA's active landing sensor system, which will be used to build an autonomous, precise and flexible landing system for future moon landing vehicles.

The rocket booster, with NASA sensors mounted on the exterior, landed smoothly about 7 minutes, 30 seconds after launch.

NASA-supported payloads will endure testing from launch to touchdown aboard Blue Origin's NewShepard flight. "The lunar landing sensor demo ... will enable long-term lunar exploration, as well as future Mars missions", the release said. "The rocket's flight path is relevant to lunar landings, providing a unique opportunity to mature sensors and algorithms for potential use on Artemis [moon] missions".

It is not the first time that NASA launched a mission to fly to the Moon.

During a webcast of the test flight on Tuesday, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said only that the company is "very close" to being ready to fly humans.

These were the details of the news Blue Origin Successfully Tested NASA's New Moon Landing Technology |. for this day. The team includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper. The lunar landing sensor demo was the first payload to be mounted on the exterior of a New Shepard booster and tested technology created to achieve high accuracy landing.

Blue Origin is also designing a much larger rocket, named New Glenn, that the company hopes will deliver cargo and satellites into orbit, a much more hard and higher speed journey than the short, suborbital endeavors New Shepard undertakes.

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