• Blue Origin successfully launches and lands key crew capsule test in first mission of 2021

    13 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Blue Origin launched its first mission of 2021, flying its New Shepard rocket in West Texas to a medium height of just over 350,000 feet. This is the first flight for this particular booster, and for the capsule it carried, which was equipped with a range of new passenger safety, control and comfort systems that Blue Origin was testing during flight for the first time. Also on board was a life-sized test dummy called ‘Mannequin Skywalker' that recorded information during the flight and landing that the Blue Origin will now review.
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  • Rocket Lab begins 2021 with mission dubbed Another One Leaves the Crust - CNET

    Rocket Lab begins 2021 with mission dubbed Another One Leaves the Crust - CNET

    13 days ago - By CNET

    The small satellite launcher is ready for its first launch of 2021, a year in which it has big plans.
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  • Watch Blue Origin launch a rocket with an upgraded crew capsule live

    13 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Blue Origin is launching its New Shepard suborbital rocket for the first time in 2021, with a liftoff planned for 9:45 AM CST from its launch facility in West Texas. This is the 14th flight of New Shepard, and it includes some key testing activities for Blue Origin in preparation for its first human spaceflight missions.
    The company has been flying a crew capsule on board its rocket for quite a while now, albeit empty (or rather, loaded with scientific and other cargo, rather than people). This version includes some key systems that will be used when astronauts are inside, however...
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