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-13

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