The capsule was “manned” by a test dummy Blue Origin likes to call Mannequin Skywalker, who flew to space to “conduct astronaut telemetry and science studies.”
This eight test flight is as close to the real deal as they get. The capsule on top of the New Shepard was crammed with research payloads from NASA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and commercial customers.
This test was the second carrying commercial payloads. Each of the items sent to the edge of space was fitted with a so-called Blue Origin Payload Locker, a system used to provide structural, power, and data interfaces. For the flight, Blue Origin used the vehicle flown on the previous test.
The New Shepard suborbital system is one of two machines Blue Origin is developing. The second one is called New Glenn, and it is an orbital launch vehicle.
New Shepard is a fully reusable vertical takeoff, vertical landing space vehicle, comprising a pressurized capsule mounted on top of a booster.
Pretty much the same technology used by Elon Musk and SpaceX in their Falcon-Dragon system.
For the foreseeable future, Blue Origin will be focusing on test flights with no crew on board. Manned missions are also planned, but no schedule for them has been yet announced. When humans are allowed onboard, six of them will be able to fit in a space ten times larger than the one Alan Shepard had on his Mercury flight.