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SpaceX's Starship has successful test flight as Blue Origin sets July 20th for first sightseeing trip Updated: 2021-05-07 13:51:48 KST


The latest Starship prototype, the SN15, from Elon Musk's SpaceX, made another successful high-altitude test flight from Texas on Wednesday.
But perhaps more important than lift off, all eyes were on the landing following two fiery explosions at that stage during test flights earlier this year.

"AND WE HAVE IGNITION. STARSHIP HEADING BACK TO THE LANDING ZONE WE ARE DOWN, THE STARSHIP HAS LANDED."

The Starship SN15 is a heavy lift rocket prototype capable of carrying passengers and 100 tons of cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.
A safe return to earth allows the rocket to be used again making space travel more common and affordable.
On the same day, Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezo's private rocket company, released details of a suborbital sightseeing space trip launching on July 20th the anniversary of the moon landing 52 years ago, and a milestone in private commercial space travel.
One seat out of the six available to passengers is to be auctioned off.

" "Now, as you've seen, this is going to be an incredible experience for all of our customers and certainly for our astronaut winner, the winner of this auction - they are going to, he or she will write him or herself into the history books, not just of spaceflight, but of history."

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the company's foundation.
Apart from history and the charity the entertainment angle cannot be ignored.

" "This capsule, the New Shepard vehicle has been built with the human spaceflight experience built in from the very beginning. You see those big, gorgeous windows, those are the largest windows that have ever flown in space. Perfect from which to gaze out, see the beautiful stars and the colors of earth popping back at you."

These signals indicate commercial space travel for civilians is coming.
And in addition to these two companies, Virgin Galactic is currently looking at early 2022 for their first civilian flight.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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