Jeff Bezos launches spaceship


FORBES: The Amazon CEO conducted a test flight of his New Shepard space explorer Wednesday.

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FORBES: The Amazon CEO conducted a test flight of his New Shepard space explorer Wednesday.

The propulsion module, powered by Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine, took the New Shepard space capsule up to a speed of over Mach 3. The capsule then separated from the propulsion module and flew to an altitude of 307,000 feet before beginning its descent. That altitude is just shy of the 328,084 feet that’s generally considered to be the boundary of space.

The capsule then released its parachutes and gently descended back to Earth for its landing.

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