Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

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The entire mission took approximately 11 minutes to unfold, while over 20,000 people tuned into Blue Origin's YouTube live stream to watch the test, with the capsule hitting a maximum speed of 2,236 miles per hour and height of 389,846 feet.

The New Shepard, which has successfully completed eight missions, has been created to be reusable.

The company's New Shepard rocket blasted off Wednesday on a test flight from West Texas.

The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, New Shepard had already gone beyond the Karman line during its previous flight test, carried out earlier this year, on April 29, when the rocket flew to an altitude of nearly 66 miles (106 kilometers). The New Glenn could launch on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral by the end of 2020. A live separation test of the crew capsule from the rocket booster took place, and everything preformed as expected. "We will begin selling tickets sometime after our first human flights and are focused on developing New Shepard", the company said in a statement, CNET reported.

Sir Richard Branson founder of Virgin Galactic with his Spaceship Two and White Knight Two carrier aircraft
Blue Origin plans high-altitude escape test on suborbital launch Wednesday

Eventually, when it's ready to go, Blue Origin hopes to use New Shepard to bring adventurous passengers to sub-orbital space.

Aside from Mannequin Skywalker, the New Shepard spacecraft carried a payload of science experiments from NASA, commercial firms, and universities, as well as cargo sent up the company's own personnel as part of the "Fly My Stuff" program - all detailed on the Blue Origin website in the Mission 9 cargo manifest. It is a safety measure to pull the crew/passenger capsule away from a failing booster.

The high-altitude emergency abort test is created to figure out what may happen when there's a problem with the launch rocket, according to Engadget. Footage of the 2016 low-altitude emergency abort test is available in the video below.

Blue Origin's Successful Separation Test.