Blue Origin’s New Shepard’s rocket escape system looks like a winner

Blue Origin, the private space company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, successfully conducted a flight safety test of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle Wednesday, successfully bringing an uncrewed capsule to a soft touchdown and vertically landing its booster stage in a West Texas desert.

The launch tested the capsule escape plan designed to return passengers and scientific experiments on board to safety in the event of a failed rocket booster.

“About 45 seconds after liftoff at about 16,000 feet [5,000 meters], we’ll intentionally command escape,” Bezos wrote in a blog post last month. “Redundant separation systems will sever the crew capsule from the booster at the same time we ignite the escape motor.” READ MORE.