New Shepard

Active Re-Usable Blue Origin

Blue Origin (BO)

April 29, 2015

Description

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.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    15.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.7 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    75 T
  • Thrust
    490 kN
  • Apogee (Sub-Orbital)
    100 km
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

Blue Origin

Commercial
CEO: Jeff Bezos
BO 2000

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.

New Shepard | NS-23

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Sept. 12, 2022, 2:26 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Twenty-third flight of New Shepard carrying 36 science and research payloads along with tens of thousands of postcards from Club For Future.

Suborbital NS-3 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-22

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Aug. 4, 2022, 1:57 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NS-22 is the sixth crewed New Shepard flight, carrying six passengers.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-21

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
June 4, 2022, 1:25 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NS-21 is the fifth crewed New Shepard flight, carrying six passengers.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-20

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
March 31, 2022, 1:58 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NS-20 is the fourth crewed New Shepard flight, carrying six passengers.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-19

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Dec. 11, 2021, 3 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

NS-19 is the third crewed New Shepard flight, carrying two honorary guests and four paying customers.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-18

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Oct. 13, 2021, 2:49 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

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

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-17

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Aug. 26, 2021, 2:31 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

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.

Suborbital NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-16

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
July 20, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Tourism

First crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-15

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
April 14, 2021, 4:49 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

Fifteenth flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. During the mission, astronaut operational exercises will be conducted in preparation for human space flight. The primary operations will entail Blue Origin personnel standing in as astronauts entering into the capsule prior to launch. These astronauts will climb the launch tower, get into their seats, buckle their harnesses, and conduct a communications check from their seat with CAPCOM, the Capsule Communicator. The tower operations team will prepare the capsule cabin for launch and then briefly close the capsule hatch. The astronauts will then exit the capsule prior to launch. Post-landing, the astronauts will get inside the capsule to rehearse hatch opening, and exiting the capsule at the landing site. Inside the capsule during the flight will be Mannequin Skywalker, along with more than 25,000 postcards on behalf of Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s nonprofit organization

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New Shepard | NS-14

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Jan. 14, 2021, 5:19 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

For this mission, the New Shepard crew capsule will be outfitted with upgrades for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight. The upgrades include 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. The mission will also test a number of astronaut communication and safety alert systems. The capsule will be outfitted with six seats, including one occupied by Mannequin Skywalker.

Suborbital NS-4 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-13

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Oct. 13, 2020, 1:37 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reusability. New Shepard will fly 12 commercial payloads to space and back on this mission, including the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point partnership. This is the first payload to fly mounted on the exterior of a New Shepard booster rather than inside the capsule, opening the door to a wide range of future high-altitude sensing, sampling, and exposure payloads.

Suborbital NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-12

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Dec. 11, 2019, 5:55 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.

Suborbital #NewShepard NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-11

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
May 2, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

New Shepard flight 11 will fly 38 microgravity research payloads to space.

Suborbital NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-10

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Jan. 23, 2019, 2:50 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

New Shepard flight 10 will feature 9 NASA-sponsored payloads via the NASA Flight opportunity program.

Suborbital NS10 NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-9

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
July 18, 2018, 3 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The third commercial flight for Blue Origin. NS-9 carried various payloads on a sub-orbital flight. It also tested the capsule escape rockets at high altitude.

Suborbital NS9 NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-8

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
April 29, 2018, 5:07 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NS-8 is Blue Origin's second commercial flight. It carried payloads from various customers on a sub-orbital launch for 3 minutes of microgravity.

Suborbital NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-7

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Dec. 12, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NS-7 is Blue Origins first commercial flight. The payloads included 12 experiments conducted in 3 minutes of microgravity dedicated to medical and earth science.

Suborbital NS-3 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-6

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Oct. 5, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The 6th flight for Blue Origin, NS-6 will test an in-flight abort scenario for the capsule.

Suborbital NS-2 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-5

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
June 19, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Fifth flight for Blue Origin. The NS-5 mission successfully landed the core stage and tested a capsule landing with one parachute cut.

Suborbital NS5 NS-2 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-4

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
April 2, 2016, 4:18 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The fourth flight for Blue Origin. The capsule reached an apogee of 103.8 kilometers.

Suborbital NS4 NS-2 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-3

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Jan. 22, 2016, 4 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The third test flight of the New Shepard vehicle. It is the first re-use for Blue Origin.

Suborbital NS3 NS-2 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-2

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Nov. 23, 2015, 5:21 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The first flight of the New Shepard 2 booster. The capsule reached an apogee of 100.5 kilometers.

Suborbital NS-2 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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New Shepard | NS-1

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
April 29, 2015, 5:06 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The first flight of the New Shepard 1 booster. The capsule reached an apogee of 93.5 kilometers.

Suborbital NS-1 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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