Amazon CEO's Blue Origin spacecraft completes wind tunnel tests

Amazon CEO's Blue Origin spacecraft completes wind tunnel tests

Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s next-generation Space Vehicle undergoing wind tunnel tests to refine its innovative bionic shape.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

SEATTLE – Blue Origin, the orbital rocket venture backed by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, says it has successfully tested it’s design in a wind tunnel.

The Kent, Wash.-based company said it is designing the ship to “provide safe, affordable transport of up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.”

More than 180 tests were conducted in Dallas, according to a press release.

“The wind tunnel tests validated Blue Origin’s analysis of the Space Vehicle’s aerodynamics during descent through the atmosphere and the ability to change its flight path, increasing the number of available landing opportunities each day and enhancing the vehicle’s emergency return capability,” the company said.

Blue Origin is one of four companies sharing $320 million from NASA for its Commercial Crew Development program. The others are Boeing, Space X and Sierra Nevada.

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