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NewsApr 29, 2018

Apogee 351,000 Feet

New Shepard flew again for the eighth time on April 29, 2018, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 8 (M8), the mission featured a reflight of the vehicle flown on Mission 7. The Crew Capsule reached an apogee of 351,000 feet (66 miles, 107 kilometers) – the altitude we’ve been targeting for operations.

For the second time, Blue Origin’s test dummy “Mannequin Skywalker” flew to space conducting astronaut telemetry and science studies. The flight also carried research payloads for NASA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and commercial customers. Learn more about the payloads in our blog post.

We look forward to sharing upcoming test flights as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight.

In case you missed it – check out the full livestream and mission highlights.

-Gradatim Ferociter!

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