Watch the Launch

Additional Media

New Shepard Mission NS-17 Launch Updates

The First Human Flight crew at a post-flight press conference after a successful flight to space and back. (July 20, 2021) Blue Origin safely launches four commercial astronauts to space and back Blue Origin successfully completed New Shepard’s first human flight today with four private citizens...

NS-17

Circle Image

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Suborbital

Suborbital West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch Corn Ranch, USA
NS-3 - Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas

Seventeenth flight of New Shepard. It will carry a second NASA lunar landing technology demonstration on the exterior of the booster, 18 commercial payloads inside the crew capsule, and an art installation on the exterior of the capsule.

Infographic

Geoff Barrett is an independent graphic artist that creates launch infographics for space flight events.

Updates

Nosu • Aug. 23, 2021, 6:09 p.m.

Launch delayed by 24 hours


Nosu • Aug. 18, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

Adding launch


New Shepard

Family: Blue Origin
Configuration:

The New Shepard reusable launch system is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL), suborbital manned rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism.

See Blue Origin Details
Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    15.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.7 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    75 T
  • Thrust
    490 kN
Family
  • Name
    New Shepard
  • Family
    Blue Origin
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    New Shepard
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


NS-3

Status: Destroyed


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: December 12, 2017
Last Flight: September 12, 2022
Flights: 9
Landings Attempted: 9
Landings Successful: 8
Previous NS-3 Flights

Landing Information

NS3 successfully landed at Corn Ranch Landing Pad after its eighth flight.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas.

RSS H.G. Wells


Active Human Rated Unmanned Crew Capacity: 6
Destination: Suborbital
Serial Number: 2.0-1

Second New Shepard capsule. It is dedicated to uncrewed flights.

Crew Capsule 2.0 Details

Blue Origin

Circle Image
CEO: Jeff Bezos Founded: 2000 Successes: 22 Failures: 1 Pending: 1

Agency Type: Commercial

Blue Origin is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos with its headquarters in Kent, Washington. The company is developing technologies to enable private human access to space with the goal to dramatically lower costs and increase reliability. Blue Origin currently launches its New Shepard sub-orbital vehicle from its West Texas launch site, they are currently constructing a launch pad for their orbital vehicle New Glenn at Cape Canaveral LC-36.

INFO WIKI

Related News

SpaceNews

Blue Origin flies payloads on latest New Shepard flight

Blue Origin launched a New Shepard suborbital vehicle Aug. 25 on a mission carrying research and educational payloads as the company prepares for its next crewed flight.

NASA Spaceflight

Blue Origin launches NS-17 suborbital science mission

A month after New Shepard’s first flight carrying people into space, a science flight without crew onboard is being prepared at the program’s launch site near Van Horn, Texas. The flight, the fourth of the year for the New Shepard program,…

Spaceflight Now

Watch live: A month after Bezos’s flight, Blue Origin to launch NASA moon tech

Blue Origin is set to launch its reusable New Shepard booster from West Texas on a suborbital flight to the edge of space Thursday on the company’s first launch since founder Jeff Bezos and three crewmates rocketed to altitude of 66 miles …

Spaceflight Now

A month after Bezos’s flight, Blue Origin launches NASA moon tech demo

Blue Origin is set to launch its reusable New Shepard booster from West Texas on a suborbital flight to the edge of space Thursday on the company’s first launch since founder Jeff Bezos and three crewmates rocketed to an altitude of 66 mil…

SpaceNews

Blue Origin to perform first New Shepard launch under updated license

Blue Origin will conduct its next New Shepard suborbital mission Aug. 25 with a set of research payloads, but not people, on board on the vehicle’s first flight under a revised launch license.

Corn Ranch, USA

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch


Falcon 9
Success
4 days, 8 hours ago
Starlink Group 5-2
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 56 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


H-IIA 202
Success
4 days, 16 hours ago
IGS Radar-7
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

The IGS-Radar 7 is a Japanese radar reconnaissance satellite. The satellite is operated by the Cabinet Satellite Information Center. The satellite se…


Electron
Success
5 days, 19 hours ago
Virginia is for Launch Lovers
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2 (Launch Area 0 C) - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rideshare mission with 3 HawkEye 360 satellites and other payloads.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink Group 2-4
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
GPS III SV06
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (known …


Falcon Heavy
Success
2 weeks ago
USSF-67
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

USSF-67 is a mission for the United States Space Force with two satellites, including the LDPE-3A rapid prototype platform hosting 5 USSF payloads.


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
6 x Jilin-1, Qilu-2/3 and others
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

This launch carries multiple payloads, including 6 new satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellite constellation and Qilu-2/3, …


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Yaogan 37 & Shiyan 22A/B
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Yaogan 37 is a Chinese military reconnaissance satellite. Shiyan 22A/B are 2 small Earth observation satellites built by SAST (SY-22A) & CAS (SY-22B).


Long March 2
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
APStar 6E
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

APStar 6E is a small high-throughput communication satellite for Hong Kong based APT Satellite. It is based on the new DFH-3E small GEO platform deve…


RS1
Failure
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Maiden Flight
Launch Pad 3C - Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA

This is the first launch of RS1 launch vehicle developed and built by ABL Space Systems. This launch carries two satellites for OmniTeq.