On Sunday, Blue Origin’s New Shepard Capsule flew again for the eighth time from the West Texas Launch Site just outside of Van Horn, some 125 miles east of El Paso.
Known as Mission 8 (M8), the weekend mission featured a reflight of the vehicle flown on Mission 7.
According to Blue Origin officials, “The Crew Capsule reached an apogee of 351,000 feet (66 miles, 107 kilometers) – the altitude we’ve been targeting for operations.”
“We look forward to sharing upcoming test flights as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight,” officials added.
For the second time, Blue Origin’s test dummy “Mannequin Skywalker” flew to space conducting astronaut telemetry and science studies. In addition to ‘Mannequin’, the flight also carried research payloads for a number of customers.
The payloads represented a range of users, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center to a small commercial communications firm, as well as Blue Origin’s first European customers, funded by the German national space agency, DLR.
Each of the payloads has been outfitted with a custom Blue Origin Payload Locker to provide structural, power, and data interfaces throughout the flight. To learn more about the payloads click here.