There were six space tourists on board.
The New Shepard spacecraft of the American company Blue Origin with six tourists on board successfully landed on Thursday, making its fourth suborbital flight. The broadcast was conducted on the company’s website.
The crew this time included one of the leading developers of the ship, Gary Lai, investor Marty Allen, the head of Tricor International, Marc Hagle and his wife Sharon, entrepreneur and traveler Jim Kitchen, as well as the head of Commercial Space Technologies, George Nield. The launch of the launch vehicle was carried out from the spaceport near the city of Van Horn (Texas). This flight was the first for New Shepard this year; the previous launch took place in December 2021.
The suborbital flight lasted a total of just over 10 minutes. During this time, the ship rose to an altitude of over 100 km, at which the passengers were in a state of weightlessness. Shortly before that, a booster stage separated from the ship, which automatically landed at the cosmodrome. The ship itself, a few minutes later, also landed with the help of parachutes.
On July 20, Blue Origin successfully carried out the first suborbital flight of the New Shepard spacecraft with passengers on board, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.