Why is it important: Blue Origin, the Bezos-owned aerospace company dedicated to reusable technology and affordable space travel, successfully launched its fifth manned mission on Saturday morning. The launch carried the New Shepard spacecraft and a crew of six passengers over 60 miles above the earth’s surface before it successfully landed. The launch campaign, dubbed NS-21, was the 21st launch of the New Shepard launch platform.

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Saturday morning launch and recovery took place in blue origin Launch Site One located at Bezos’ corn ranch near Van Horn, Texas. The launch marked Blue Origin’s 5th crewed flight and 21st successful booster launch. New Shepard starting platform.

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A New Shepard launch typically lasts 11 minutes from initial liftoff to capsule landing, using liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to provide the thrust needed to push the vehicle off the surface. A typical rocket fuel produces waste products ranging from water vapor to aluminum oxides and huge amounts of CO2. By comparison, Blue Origin claims that their launch system produces water vapor, minimal combustion products, and is virtually CO2-free.

The spacecraft capsule separated from the rocket after about three minutes of flight. After separation, the capsule spent several minutes in microgravity and crossed Karman Line when the New Shepard booster began to return to earth. The capsule eventually parachuted back to safety as the booster used its round ring, fins, and thrusters to land. This safe return and reusability of components is one of the key indicators of Blue Origin’s overall success.

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flight crew of six included a mix of engineers and businessmen from different walks of life and locations. Among the crew was Katya Ehazarreta, a 26-year-old American who was selected and sponsored by Space for mankind. This trip officially made the native of Guadalajara the youngest American woman to have been in space.

Other crew members included Evan Dick and Victor Correa Hespaña. Dick is the former Senior Executive Officer of Investment Management and Managing Partner of Dick Holdings, LLC. Hespanya, 28, who became the first Brazilian space tourist in history, was funded by Cryptospace Agencyan organization that hopes to empower space travel through innovation and the financial strength of the cryptocurrency market.

While we can only speculate about the cost of flying, Blue Origin’s direct competitor, Virgin Galactic, used to charge a fee. over $450,000 for similar tours aboard his low orbit ship. With ticket prices like this, there’s a good chance the space will be stuck behind huge paywalls for the foreseeable future.