Jeff Bezos’s Rocket Company to Begin Suborbital Test Flights This Year
A space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has finished work on a rocket engine for a suborbital spaceship and expects to begin flight tests this year, Blue Origin officials said on Tuesday.
- Suborbital flight - 地球周回軌道に乗らない。弾道飛行。
The so-called New Shepard spaceship is designed to fly three people or a mix of passengers and payloads to altitudes of about 62 miles above Earth. It will launch from Blue Origin’s facility near Van Horn, Texas, southeast of El Paso.
Testing and development of the rocket engine, called the BE-3, has been completed, the last major milestone before the liquid oxygen- and liquid hydrogen-fueled motor is attached to the New Shepard capsule for flight, Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson told reporters on a conference call.