Tue, Nov 14, 2006
Test Program Flight Lasts Two Minutes
It didn't last long...
but that wasn't the point. Early Monday morning, the west Texas
spaceport being built by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos witnessed
its first rocket launch, a brief test flight presumbly connected to
Bezos' Blue Origin commercial space venture.
"There was a launch, a one- or two-minute event," Federal
Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said. He had no
more details on the flight.
In fact, the level of secrecy before the launch -- and
subsequent lack of hard information since then -- would do Area 51
proud. Even the exact type of rocket launched remains a
Based in Kent, WA -- just outside Seattle -- Blue Origin plans
to launch passenger flights onboard its New Shepard Reusable Launch
Vehicle by 2010.
Blue Origin aims to ultimately send the New Shepard --
modelled on the single-stage Delta Clipper Experimental and Delta
Clipper Experimental Advanced (DC-XA) vehicles developed by the
Department of Defense and NASA in the 1990s -- on commercial
spaceflights to altitudes greater than 325,000 feet.
As Aero-News reported, Blue
Origin outlined its plans for commercial space operations in July;
the FAA signed off on an environmental impact study of those plans
The company will start out with a series of low altitude
tests... a lot of them, in fact. Blue Origin told the Associated
Press there might be as many as 10 more suborbital flights this
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