How to watch Jeff Bezos’ next Blue Origin launch that’ll amp up the tycoon space race – CNET

How to watch Jeff Bezos’ next Blue Origin launch that’ll amp up the tycoon space race – CNET

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A New Shepard rocket lands at Blue Origin's facility in Texas. Blue Origin Elon Musk's SpaceX may send rockets to space more frequently, but Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is working up to swiping another milestone from its rival. Blue Origin will perform another test flight of its New Shepard vehicle Tuesday, as it continues to prepare to send humans to space as soon as next year, perhaps before SpaceX manages to first. The 12th flight of the Blue Origin reusable rocket design will send a number of science and technology experiments to space for NASA, along with thousands of postcards from the Bezos-led education nonprofit Club for the Future. The last New Shepard test came in May. The company is one of three tycoon-led outfits hoping to begin regularly sending humans to space in the coming months.  SpaceX aims to send astronauts to the International Space Station aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft for the first time, while Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic hopes to send its famous CEO and then paying customers on sightseeing, weightless flights to space in 2020.  Virgin Galactic has a bit of a leg up, having already successfully sent its first passenger -- the company's astronaut trainer Beth ....

Unlike Virgin's space plane, New Shepard launches and lands vertically, just like a SpaceX Falcon 9. In fact, Blue Origin actually managed to pull off the first successful landing of one of its rockets before SpaceX did.  However, while Blue Origin hopes to start sending space tourists into microgravity very soon, the company has yet to start taking reservations. Meanwhile, you can watch the company slip another test flight of New Shepard under its belt when it launches from the Blue Origin launch facility in West Texas on Tuesday no earlier than 8:30 a.m. CT (6:30 a.m. PT). A webcast will go live on the Blue Origin website about a half hour before launch. We'll embed the feed here when it becomes available. . .

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