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Blue Origin Completes 11th New Shepard Flight

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
May 2, 2019

Blue Origin’s New Shepard completed its 11th flight on Thursday from the company’s test facility in west Texas.

New Shepard lifted off at 8:32 CDT. The capsule reached an unofficial altitude of 346,406 ft (105.6 km/65.6 miles) during a flight that lasted 10 minutes 10 seconds. The capsule floated down under three parachutes after the rocket touched down safely on a landing pad.

The capsule carried 38 experiments, the largest number of payloads to date. You can read more about the experiments here and here.

Blue Origin said it plans to begin flying passengers later this year aboard a new capsule that has already arrived at the Texas test site.