by Marilyn Malara
Chihuahuan Desert, Texas (UPI) May 2, 2015
Private space company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed a tourism vehicle, New Shepard, Wednesday from a remote area in western Texas, USAToday.com reported Friday.
"Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return," founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a blog post.
The capsule, fit for six people, reached an altitude of more than 307,000 feet, or 58 miles, effectively breaking through the mesosphere located above the ozone layer.
One major goal for private space companies like Blue Origin and Tesla is to reuse their vehicles' propulsion modules, or boosters, in order to increase flight accessibility to the public. Wednesday's test flight did not reach that goal, but Bezos is optimistic that the assembly of new modules is already underway. "We'll be ready to fly again soon," he wrote.
Company president Rob Meyerson told reporters that "significant" testing must be done before they invite willing humans on board for trial runs.
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|