Roundup: Blue Origin completes first human test spaceflight

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Xinhua) — U.S. aerospace company Blue Origin completed its first test spaceflight with founder Jeff Bezos onboard, marking a giant leap forward for the company’s commercial suborbital spaceflight tourism ambitions.

The company’s spacecraft New Shepard lifted off at about 8:12 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday (1312 GMT) from its West Texas test site.

Four people flew onboard New Shepard, including Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, former American aviator Wally Funk and Blue Origin’s first paying customer Oliver Daemen.

The vehicle was launched to an altitude of about 100 kilometers from Earth, where the passengers experienced several minutes of weightlessness. The craft then descended under parachutes and landed again in the West Texas test site.

The entire flight lasted roughly 10 minutes.

The booster touched down separately. It is the third successful landing for this rocket and the first to carry four private citizens to space above the Karman Line – the…

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