Blue Origin is owned by Jeff Bezos. One company sent up a system created to provide reliable WiFi connectivity in space, while another added a number of textiles to the capsule so they could test their viability for use in space suits.
In a brief statement announcing Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin offered no further details on the objectives or the technical parameters for the planned high-altitude escape motor test.
Update, 7:06 a.m. PT: The launch time has changed.
Eventually, up to six passengers at a time could get on board the New Shepard spaceship, which flies under autonomous control.
The climax of the uncrewed test flight came shortly after New Shepard's capsule separated from its booster and switched on its 70,000-pound-thrust escape rocket motor. The flight of experiment was arranged Olympiaspace, a European "commercial space agency" that took care of logistical and regulatory matters for the payload.
New Shepard’s reusable booster comes in for a landing
While testing with New Shepard continues, work on Blue Origin's next vehicle, the New Glenn is pressing on, albeit mainly away from the attention of the media.
Although there weren't any people aboard this test flight, Blue Origin's test dummy, Mannequin Skywalker, was strapped in a chair to measure the gravitation forces a real body might experience during a somewhat violent abort. "At Blue Origin, we're all about safety", she said.
It's not clear whether the capsule will survive this test, The Verge reports. The company says more than 700 people have signed up to fly.
The first test passengers may fly on the rocket as early as this year, with the first paying customers set to fly by 2019.
The West Texas launch facility is near Van Horn.
Mastercard wins patent to speed up cryptocurrency transactions
While in theory, it all makes sense, as it usually happens with patents, it's not completely clear what Mastercard intends to do. If you're trying to pay with cryptocurrencies at a retail store, for example, that delayed confirmation can be an issue.
Meanwhile, NATO members already anxious about Trump's commitment to the European defence alliance have a new reason to be nervous. Nuclear proliferation between Russian Federation and the United States, that's 90 per cent of the nuclear weapons.
In another tweet he is charging the media with preferring to go to war instead of him having a good relationship with Putin. Fox News , which always backs the President, admitted that he'd got it wrong and needed to clarify his remarks immediately.
He added, "To me, it's a threat we need to take very seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus". Much of the conversation with Wray, which was moderated by NBC's Lester Holt, focused on Russian Federation .
But he added: "It is important to remember that unemployment remains, by historical standards, at a low rate". Average earnings increased by 2.5% in the year to May, compared with 2.4% the previous month.
David Turvey at Morrisons Welwyn Garden City said: "Our initial trials showed there is a need for a quieter shopping experience". Morrisons supermarket in Hunslet is to introduce a quieter hour for customers who would benefit from a calmer shopping trip.
The PA reports that investigators believe Sturgess was exposed to 10 times the amount of Novichok as the Skripals. Russian double agent Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in March.
Add World Cup as an interest to stay up to date on the latest World Cup news, video, and analysis from ABC News. For starters, the big number: Twitter had 115 billion impressions (i.e. views of tweets) during the World Cup.
Then I knew I had to win because the next big fight was already being lined up, as it is with Wilder back here in April. When he is fighting it me it will be straight and clean fight. "First of all, I have been cleared of that suspension".
WTO credibility, survival at risk from trade war
The administration is asking each of the five trading partners for consultations under the WTO's dispute settlement procedures. China, the EU, Canada, Mexico and Turkey have counterpunched with taxes on more than $24 billion worth of USA exports.
Static inflation puts August rate rise in doubt
But Ben Brettell, Senior Economist, Hargreaves Lansdown, said that June's figure meant it is not "a done deal". The pound fell against the dollar following the surprise reading, slipping 0.60% to $1.3037.
Theresa May steps back from brink with narrow Brexit victory
While praising the PM's "courage and resilience", he said her Chequers plan would see the United Kingdom in "miserable limbo". Ms Swinson posted on Twitter: "This is calculated, deliberate breaking of trust by government whips to win at all costs".
Trade war the U.S. is gaining momentum
Trade Representative proposed a second possible tariff hike following a measure targeting $34 billion of goods. Analysts claimed that increasing trade tensions could lead to a bigger impact on investment and exports.