The 14th test flight, scheduled for Thursday, will see the crew capsule with some new bells and whistles that will eventually be enjoyed by tourists the company hopes to take on microgravity fun rides.
“The upgrades include enhancements to environmental features such as in-capsule acoustics and temperature control, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button on each seat,” said Blue Origin. “The mission will also test a number of astronaut communications and safety warning systems. The capsule will be equipped with six seats, including one occupied by Mannequin Skywalker.”
It has been more than five years since New Shepard made its first groundbreaking flight to space, followed by a successful vertical landing. Blue Origin’s process of sending its first human passenger into space has been slower than the company originally hoped for, but that’s the case when it comes to space tourism. Competitorhas suffered delays itself in recent years.
Blue Origin has not yet announced pricing or when it will start taking reservations for space flights.
Thursday’s test is scheduled for 7:45 a.m.PT (9:45 a.m. CT) and will see New Shepard fly an “up and down” mission to the edge of space and come right back down to land on Blue Origin’s Launch Site. One. in west Texas. You can watch it all via the embedded live stream feed below.
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