Watch the secret first test flight of Jeff Bezos’ rocket

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If you didn’t hear that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ secretive rocket company Blue Origin tested a rocket yesterday, you can be forgiven: unlike many launches, the first test flight of New Shepard wasn’t streamed live. But the company has now released a video showing the successful launch from a base in Texas.

Blue Origin’s goal is to create a cheap means of private space flight, and earlier this month, the company’s president announced that it was prepared for test flights of its New Shepard rocket this year. “The engine is ready for flight… and ready for other commercial users,” company president Rob Meyerson said. He didn’t offer a timetable, but it appears the craft was closer to launch than most expected.

“Any astronauts on board…

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