Blue Origin said April 30 it sent its New Shepard suborbital human spacecraft to an altitude of 307,000 ft. over West Texas on April 29, with a “perfect” first developmental flight of the crew capsule, but loss of the reusable cryogenic booster to a hydraulic system failure. The secretive Seattle company, funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, released videos and still-shots of the stubby vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL) vehicle lifting off on its 110,000-lb.-thrust BE-3 ...

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