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Photos: Glimpses of Secretive Blue Origin's Private Spaceships

  • Blue Origin Crew Capsule Escape Test

    Blue Origin Crew Capsule Escape Test
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine

    Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin Test Fires Rocket Engine

    Blue Origin Test Fires Rocket Engine
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    CREDIT: NASA/Lauren Harnett
  • Sunset Over Blue Origin Test Stand

    Sunset Over Blue Origin Test Stand
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    CREDIT: NASA/Lauren Harnett
  • Blue Origin’s Test Stand

    Blue Origin’s Test Stand
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    CREDIT: NASA/Lauren Harnett
  • New Shepard Crew Capsule Escaping

    New Shepard Crew Capsule Escaping
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Crew Capsule After Touchdown

    Crew Capsule After Touchdown
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin's Test Vehicle at Mach 1.2

    Blue Origin's second test vehicle, a suborbital launch vehicle, soars through Mach 1.2 at 45,000 feet in this image released by the secretive private spaceflight company.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin 'Short Hop' Test Flight Launch

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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin 'Short Hop' Test Flight Landing

    This view of Blue Origin's second test vehicle shows the suborbital rocket just before landing during a 2011 "short hop" test flight.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin's Second Test Vehicle on the Pad

    This photo shows the second test vehicle built by the secretive private spaceflight company Blue Origin as it appeared on the launch pad after a smooth "short hop" test in 2011.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin: New Shepard Vision

    An early prototype vision for Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle for suborbital spaceflight.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Secretive Space Vehicle Tested at Private Texas Site

    Secretive Space Vehicle Tested at Private Texas Site
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin's Orbital Spacecraft

    This artist's illustration of the orbital crew-carrying spaceship planned by the private company Blue Origin was included in the firm's NASA Space Act agreement to continue its work on a commercial crew space vehicle.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin: Orbital Reusable Booster System

    This illustration from private spaceship builder Blue Origin depicts the Orbital Reusable Booster System planned by the spaceflight company, which is owned by Amazon.com mogul Jeff Bezos.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin's Goddard Vehicle Rolls Out

    New Suborbital Spaceships Spark Scientific Frenzy
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin.
  • Blue Origin's Goddard at the Pad

    Blue Origin's Goddard vehicle is lowered on the launch pad for a Nov. 13, 2006 test flight.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Sun Rises for Blue Origin's Goddard Test

    The sun rises over Blue Origin's Goddard vehicle during a Nov. 13, 2006 test.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Amazon Founder's Rocket Plans Take Flight

    Amazon Founder's Rocket Plans Take Flight as New Details, Images Emerge
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin.
  • Blue Origin's Jumbotron at the Test Launch

    Blue Origin's Jumbotron at the Test Launch
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Bezos Celebrates

    Jeff Bezos celebrates a test launch of Goddard vehicle.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin Spectators at Goddard Test Launch

    Blue Origin Spectators at Goddard Test Launch
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin's Goddard Back in the Barn

    Blue Origin's Goddard vehicle heads back to barn after Nov. 13, 2006 test.
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    CREDIT: Blue Origin
Blue Origin is a private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to develop commercial rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2000, but came to public attention in 2003 when it began buying land in Texas for its testing grounds.

Here, Blue Origin's pusher escape system rockets the Crew Capsule away from the launch pad, demonstrating a key safety system for both suborbital and orbital flights. Image released Oct. 22, 2012.

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