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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Successful Launch and Abort Test for Blue Origin's Rocket and Capsule...



New Shepard In-Flight Escape Test (Press Release)

On October 5, 2016, New Shepard performed an in-flight test of the capsule’s full-envelope escape system, designed to quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. At T+0:45 and 16,053 feet (4,893 meters), the capsule separated and the escape motor fired, pushing the capsule safely away from the booster. Reaching an apogee of 23,269 feet (7,092 meters), the capsule then descended under parachutes to a gentle landing on the desert floor. After the capsule escape, the booster continued its ascent, reaching an apogee of 307,458 feet (93,713 meters). At T+7:29, the booster executed a controlled, vertical landing back at the West Texas Launch Site, completing its fifth and final mission.

Source: Blue Origin

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The New Shepard capsule is about to separate from its rocket to perform a launch abort test...while the rocket continued to head up towards space on October 5, 2016.
Blue Origin

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