CAPE CANAVERAL - New Shepard, a reusable suborbital human space transportation system developed by privately owned Blue Origin, blasted off on April 29 for an eighth test flight beyond the atmosphere, marking another step toward the start of commercial launch service. New Shepard’s liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen-fueled BE-3 engine ignited at 1:06 p.m. EDT, propelling the booster and a prototype crew module from Blue’s West Texas launchpad. The capsule, which carried ...

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