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New Shepard Mission NS-18 Webcast

New Shepard’s 18th mission, NS-18, will lift off on Wednesday, October 13, carrying four astronauts, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and W...

NS-18

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Tourism

Suborbital West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch Corn Ranch, USA
NS-4 - Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas

NS-18 is the second crewed New Shepard flight, carrying 4 paying customers.

Updates

SwGustav • Oct. 13, 2021, 3:13 p.m.

Passengers were recovered, successful flight


SwGustav • Oct. 13, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

Liftoff


SwGustav • Oct. 12, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

Adjusting T-0


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.

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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-4

Status: Active


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: January 14, 2021
Last Flight: October 13, 2021
Flights: 4
Landings Attempted: 4
Landings Successful: 4
Previous NS-4 Flights

Landing Information

NS4 successfully landed at Corn Ranch Landing Pad on its fourth flight.

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

Crew Capsule 2.0-M8


Active Cargo Crew On-board: 4 Crew Capacity: 6
Destination: Suborbital
Serial Number: M8

Eighth Blue Origin New Shepard Crew Capsule 2.0. This capsule is outfitted with improvements to environmental features such as acoustics and temperature regulation inside the capsule, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat.

Crew Capsule 2.0 Details

Crew


Glen de Vries

Tourist - American - ( BO )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: June 29, 1972
Date of Death: Nov. 11, 2021

Chris Boshuizen

Tourist - Australian - ( BO )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: June 1, 1977
Age: 44

William Shatner

Tourist - Canadian - ( BO )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 22, 1931
Age: 90

Audrey Powers

Tourist - American - ( BO )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Feb. 1, 1976
Age: 45

Blue Origin

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CEO: Jeff Bezos Founded: 2000 Successes: 18 Failures: 0 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.

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