Its effectiveness is essential to ensuring the safety of any people who might ride aboard the capsule in the future.
The launch was pulled off without a hitch: both the booster and the crew capsule returned to Earth.
As it continues to progress toward human flights, Blue Origin will perform another potentially risky uncrewed test today of its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft. "We will begin selling tickets sometime after our first human flights and are focused on developing New Shepard", the company said in a statement, CNET reported.
Another payload offered an unusual synergy with another part of Blue Origin.
Many have wondered over the last few years how much a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle will cost.
Blue Origin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Although Blue Origin is yet to provide details, it is understood the company has already purchased the first landing ship for returning New Glenn boosters.
This launch was the ninth for the New Shepard program, and the third for this particular combination of crew capsule and propulsion module.
"Anything could have happened today, and this is the best possible outcome", launch commentator Ariane Cornell said.
The test flight also carried 12 payloads and even a passenger - specifically an instrumented dummy brilliantly named "Mannequin Skywalker".
It's part of a safety system meant to save lives once space tourists and others climb aboard for suborbital hops.
Strapped into reclining seats at launch, the New Shepard passengers will be able to unstrap and briefly float about the cabin near the top of its trajectory when they will experience five to six minutes of weightlessness and enjoy the view from the largest windows ever built into an operational spacecraft. "Just another day at the office", she said. Although some reports suggest the price of a ticket could be in the $200,000-to-$300,000 range, Blue Origin says no price has yet been set and no reservations are yet being taken.
LC-11 will be used to test fire New Glenn engines, while LC-36 will be the launch site for the orbital rocket that is being placed to take on other vehicles in its class, such as those from SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.