Jeff Bezos Co. Launches Surprise Test of Private Spaceship

The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test flight of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday, April 29th, a mission that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster. Blue Origin, a company founded by's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, launched the New Shepard spacecraft from its West Texas proving grounds. Video of the New Shepard spacecraft launch shows it soaring up to an altitide of 307,000 feet.