Feeds

Amazon man to shoot his pocket rocket this afternoon

Bezos' Blue Origin not expecting to beat 18,000 feet

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Blue Origin, the private space-rocket firm founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, is to conduct a rocket test this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August).

A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) specifies that "ROCKET LAUNCH ACTIVITY" is due to take place near Van Horn, Texas and clears a volume of airspace extending 17 nautical miles all around Salt Flat VORTAC from the surface up to 18,000 feet above sea level. The time window runs from 1200 to 1700 GMT (1pm to 6pm UK time).

Despite the relatively low altitude the test flight is expected to achieve, the NOTAM specifies that it results from "Space Operations" and lists Blue Origin LLC as the point of contact.

The last actual test flight that Bezos' notoriously secretive rocket company cares to discuss publicly took place in 2006. Since then the firm has landed NASA private-space development contracts, including $22m in April for work on a reusable manned capsule to be carried out on an existing conventional rocket stack.

Blue Origin's "New Shepard" rocket-hopper vehicle, designed for vertical landings as well as liftoffs, is currently intended for suborbital capability only. The parameters of today's test suggest another low-altitude trial flight, but down the road the company plans to produce reusable boosters capable of coming in to land intact after hurling payloads into orbit. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success
LOHAN slips into some sexy bespoke mission parameters
Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers
Square cut or pear-shaped, these qubits don't lose their shape
LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms
Is that an ARMADILLO in your PANTS or are you just pleased to see me?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.