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Blue Origin Resumes Spaceflights with New Shepard Launch

Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital rocket, marking its first flight in over a year after an un-crewed crash in 2022. While the mission carried science experiments rather than passengers, it signifies Blue Origin's return to space tourism. The rocket reached an altitude of 66.5 miles, well above the Karman line. The booster landed vertically, and the capsule descended with parachutes. Blue Origin aims to increase flight cadence in 2024. The company had faced a year-long grounding following the 2022 crash, and the successful mission follows corrective actions mandated by the FAA. Blue Origin competes with Virgin Galactic in the space tourism sector. Helium is a key input needed for space launches and with the growing number of space tourism players, helium demand is also expected to surge.

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