After years of growth, Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ private space venture, aims to send the first travellers to the space’s edge in a few months’ time. The Blue Origin completed the 14th test flight of the New Shepard rocket booster as well as capsule. The successful test flight was named NS-14 as well as featured the unveiling of the new booster and also an improved capsule. Beyond the improvements, CNBC has discovered one of the last outstanding moves before Blue Origin launches its first crew to the space marked by the NS-14. The flight will be the first of the two flight tests with “stable configuration,” individuals aware of the development of Blue Origin informed CNBC.
A stable setup ensures that between this flight as well as the next, the corporation plans to stop making significant changes. Those individuals stated that the Blue Origin plans to begin the second flight test in six weeks or late February, and the first crewed flight in 6-weeks or even early April, respectively. The next flight of Blue Origin, NS-15, will also involve a crew loading as well as unloading test, the individuals added. The organization refused to pick up the call by CNBC to elaborate on its New Shepard ambitions. One of the people warned that the New Shepard plan is unrealistic to travel every 6-weeks coming from the organization’s senior leadership.
In October, after being postponed from the month of September due to the power supply crisis, Blue Origin’s previous NS-13 mission traveled, and also it arrived after a 9-month pause between flights. The individual also noted that finishing the program certification examination is one of the ongoing projects for deploying the New Shepard’s NS-15, which they said is not supposed to be done until late March or perhaps even April. New Shepard is intended to send users to an altitude of over 340,000 feet on the rides beyond the edge of space (or around 100 kilometers). Before returning to the Earth, the capsule devotes some minutes in the zero gravity, with large windows to give the passengers a glimpse. The capsules and the rockets are also reusable, with the boosters ascending directly to the ground and the capsules resting on a series of parachute levers. Multiple improvements to the crew capsule were featured in the NS-14 flight, such as an audio push-to-talk mechanism for the space explorers to communicate to the mission control, the new crew warning system panel at every seat, insulated wall linings, and sound reduction equipment to minimize capsule noise, as well as the installation of environmental systems like control of air conditioning and humidity.