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Los Angeles Times: On 5 October Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital rocket for the fifth time. Instead of carrying its payload capsule into space, the spacecraft activated its in-flight escape system at an altitude of nearly 5 km. The ability to separate the capsule from its launch vehicle in the event of booster failure is a requirement for any spacecraft designed to carry passengers, and Blue Origin plans to use New Shepard for space tourism. The capsule successfully separated and deployed its parachutes, while the booster continued to its maximum altitude before safely returning to the launch site.