Blue Origin lifts off from West Texas on Thursday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launched Thursday from the launch site near Van Horn, Texas, sending the capsule on a 10-minute flight with crew members on board.

The company’s sixth human flight included Dude Perfect co-founder Coby Cotton of Frisco, Portuguese entrepreneur Mario Ferreira, British-American mountaineer Vanessa O’Brien, tech leader Clint Kelly III, Egyptian engineer Sara Sabry and Director of Telecommunications Steve Young.

Minutes after launch, space tourists experienced weightlessness and Frisco-based Dude Perfect tweeted, “Coby is officially an astronaut!” as the space capsule reached the limits of space.

The NS-22 booster landed first on the northern landing pad approximately 7 minutes after launch.

Shortly after, parachutes deployed on the reusable spacecraft, called RSS First Step, carrying the six space tourists and the capsule landed in the West Texas desert.

The flight comes as Blue Origin competes with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic for space tourism dollars.

The NS-22 crew will take postcards with them into space.

New Shepard is named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

The company is working at Cape Canaveral on a larger orbital-class rocket, named New Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit the world, John Glenn.

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