Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to launch and land its rocket Sunday

From CNET

The world’s richest man would like to remind you that SpaceX founder Elon Musk isn’t the only billionaire hoping to send humans to space as soon as this year. 

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin plans to send its New Shepard rocket on its eighth test flight Sunday, and the commercial space company hopes to start putting humans aboard its vehicles by the end of the year.

The Amazon CEO tweeted Friday morning that preparations are underway for a Sunday launch from Blue Origin’s Texas test facility as early as 8:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time. 

The most recent test of New Shepard happened in December, when the rocket sent a dummy named “Mannequin Skywalker” to the edge of space inside the company’s Crew Capsule 2.0. After the capsule separated from the rocket booster, the rocket returned to land not far from its launch point in much the same way SpaceX lands some of its…

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