On October 13, local time, Blue Origin's New Shepard aircraft completed its second manned space flight, which lasted 10 minutes and 17 seconds.
Live footage showed the New Shepard spacecraft lifting off from a launch site in western Texas and being launched by a launch vehicle into Earth's suborbital orbit about 100 kilometers above the ground. The vehicle then separates from the rocket and flies autonomously for several minutes, with its capsule in a weightless state. After reaching its highest point, about 107 km above the ground, the aircraft began to land and successfully returned to the ground under the parachute cushion.
According to Blue Origin's website, this is the 18th space test flight of the New Shepard spacecraft. The craft will carry four people, including Captain Kirk in the US sci-fi series Star Trek; William Middot, 90; Shatner, Blue Origin's vice president of space launch missions and flight operations; Bowles, former NASA engineer Chris Middot; Boshey, and entrepreneur Glenn Middot; and DeFries.
The manned space flight was scheduled to launch on the 12th, due to weather reasons was postponed.
On July 20 this year, the New Shepard spacecraft completed its first manned space test flight, with four people, including Blue Origin founder and former Amazon CEO Jeff Middot and Bezos, taking part.
In addition to Blue Origin, companies such as Space Exploration Technologies of the United States and Virgin Galactic of the United Kingdom are also actively developing space vehicles, and strive to seize the opportunity of commercial space tourism. On September 18 this year, the U.S. Space Exploration Technologies Co.'s "All Civilian" space "travel group" successfully returned to Earth after orbiting the Earth for about three days.