Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket on July 18 from the company's West Texas launch site with five NASA-supported technologies onboard.
"We are stressing the rocket to test that astronauts can get away from an anomaly at any time during the flight", Blue Origin spokesperson Ariane Cornell told CNET.
If the test program continues to go well, New Shepard could begin operational flights as early as this year, Blue Origin representatives have said.
"On Mission 9, we're firing the crew capsule escape motor at the highest altitude ever". That's 74 miles or 119 kilometers.
Some of the payloads flying on this Blue Origin flight also aim to provide value to other researchers. The spacecraft had a passenger aboard as well, albeit a non-living one: "Mannequin Skywalker" is a test dummy outfitted with sensors to relay information back to the Blue Origin science team. A live separation test of the crew capsule from the rocket booster took place, and everything preformed as expected. It was the ninth test flight and lasted 11 minutes.
Blue Origin has yet to announce when it will start selling tickets or how much flights will cost. "This, combined with the data from the first flight, should provide an extensive set of parameters of the test environment". This is high enough for the people to experience a few moments of weightlessness. But the company Blue Origin has found a way out of this situation.
Additionally, they will be able to see the curvature of the earth at an altitude of 93,573 meters, before the pressurized pod returns to the planet with the help of parachutes. The company says more than 700 people have signed up to fly.
From takeoff to landing, the flight took 10 minutes during the latest test.
In May, the famous tech personality said that the ticket prices have not been decided yet.