Feeds

Amazon man to shoot his pocket rocket this afternoon

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

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study
Fat guy? Drink or smoke? You're worse than a TERRORIST
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'
NOT best position for scientific fulfillment
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rocking boffin Brian Cox
Crowdfund plan to stimulate Blighty's space programme
Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg
Off to the boozer? This delicacy might help mitigate the effects
I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm
'He is just being himself' says proud mum of larger-than-life physicist
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball
That's it for God, then – if Comet 67P has got complex molecules
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.