Blue Origin launch: What time will Jeff Bezos and co blast off into space?


After the capsule dives back into the atmosphere, it will slowly descend to the ground using three parachutes.

This is a very different launch profile compared to Virgin Galactic’s recent flight.

Virgin Galactic relies on a rocket-powered spaceplane that is first carried to an altitude of more than 45,000ft before detaching and engaging its engine.

The spacecraft then soars to an altitude above 50 miles (86km), allowing its crew some four minutes of weightlessness.

Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft then glides back down to Earth to land at the company’s base of operations, Spaceport America in New Mexico.

The New Shepard rocket is named after Alan Shepard, the first American to fly into space in 1961.





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