Blue Origin counts down to suborbital test flight

Blue Origin landing
Blue Origin’s New Shepard booster lands itself at the end of a test flight in July 2018. (Blue Origin Photo)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is counting down to today’s uncrewed flight test of its New Shepard suborbital spaceship, with a cargo manifest that should warm kids’ hearts for the holidays.

The company plans to fly thousands of postcards that have been gathered through its educational program, known as the Club for the Future. It’ll also send up two student-built art projects inspired by OK Go’s geeky music videos.

This will be the 12th New Shepard test mission, and it will mark the flight of Blue Origin’s 100th commercial payload to space and back.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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