NS-12: New Shepard Flies 9th Commercial Payload Mission with 100th Customer on Board
Today’s NS-12 mission was a complete success. We moved closer towards verifying New Shepard for human flight. This was the 6th flight for this booster (a record), and the 100th commercial payload customer was on board with thousands of Club for the Future postcards.
Replay of NS-12 Live Webcast
New Shepard had a wholly successful mission on December 11, 2019. This mission was another step towards verifying New Shepard for human spaceflight as we continue to mature the safety and reliability of the vehicle. This was the 6th flight for this particular New Shepard vehicle. Blue Origin has so far reused two boosters five times each consecutively, so today marks a record with this booster completing its 6th flight to space and back. This particular rocket has been an operational payload vehicle for several flights, meaning there are no more updates to the system. This was also the 9th commercial payload mission for New Shepard, and we are proud to be have flown our 100th customer on board. Also on the vehicle were thousands of postcards from students around the world for our nonprofit Club for the Future. The Club's mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space.
Replay of New Shepard Mission 8 Livestream
New Shepard flew again for the eighth time on April 29, 2018, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 8 (M8), the mission featured a reflight of the vehicle flown on Mission 7. The Crew Capsule reached an apogee of 351,000 feet (66 miles, 107 kilometers) – the altitude we’ve been targeting for operations. For the second time, Blue Origin’s test dummy “Mannequin Skywalker” flew to space conducting astronaut telemetry and science studies. The flight also carried research payloads for NASA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and commercial customers. Learn more about the payloads: https://www.blueorigin.com/news/news/payload-customers-on-new-shepards-8th-test-flight We look forward to sharing upcoming test flights as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight.
The New Shepard Crew Capsule
For your once in a lifetime journey, you will travel past the boundaries of Earth’s atmosphere into space. Featuring windows that comprise 1/3 of the capsule’s surface structure - the largest windows ever in space – you’ll have a view of the curve of the planet and the vast darkness if the cosmos. Every detail of the capsule has been precision engineered for your safety and comfort. With reclining seats specifically designed to absorb the impact of landing, and an escape motor that can safely propel the capsule from the booster rocket. At the apex of flight, you’ll experience weightlessness. Unbuckling from your seat, you are free to explore different perspectives from each window before your return to earth begins. This is the beginning of a revolution in space travel, and Blue Origin is going to take you there.
Going to Space to Benefit Earth (Full Event Replay)
On May 9, 2019, our founder discussed his vision to go to space to benefit Earth. In addition, he also announced the Blue Moon lunar lander, which is capable of taking people and payloads to the lunar surface. Below you’ll find more information about these announcements. Blue Moon lunar lander: Blue Origin announced Blue Moon, its large lunar lander capable of delivering multiple metric tons of payload to the lunar surface based on configuration and mission. The cargo variant revealed today can carry 3.6 metric tons to the surface. We have also designed a variant of the lander that can stretch to be capable of carrying a 6.5-metric-ton, human-rated ascent stage. Blue also announced it can meet the current Administration's goal of putting Americans on the Moon by 2024 with the Blue Moon lunar lander. BE-7 engine: The Blue Moon lunar lander will be powered by the BE-7 engine, a new addition to Blue Origin’s family of engines. The BE-7’s 40 kN (10,000 lbf) thrust is designed for large lunar payload transport. The engine’s propellants are a highly-efficient combination of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The BE-7 will have its first hotfire this summer. The engine will be available for sale to other companies for use in in-space and lander applications. Club For the Future: A non-profit founded by Blue Origin dedicated to inspiring and engaging the next generation of dreamers and space entrepreneurs as we journey to preserve Earth and unlock the potential of living and working in space. The Club will bring together K-12 students, educators and leaders for campaigns and initiatives utilizing Blue Origin’s unique access to space. The Club’s first activity will be to send a postcard to space and back on a future New Shepard mission—the first ever space mail. Learn more on the website (www.clubforfuture.org). Follow @ClubforFuture on Twitter and Instagram.
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SpaceX vs Blue Origin - Which Philosophy is better?
Subscribe and consider getting a shirt at http://ineedmore.space/store SpaceX is the most well-known name in the private spaceflight industry and needs little introduction. It was founded by dotcom billionaire Elon Musk in 2002, with the goal of making humanity multi-planetary. They have repeatedly made ambitious development claims and stunned the world by delivering upon them. 2 years before that, however, in the year 2000, Jeff Bezos, one of Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill’s ex-students, founded a private spaceflight company called Blue Origin, with the goal of enabling millions of people to live and work in space. The technologies being developed by these companies seem to largely overlap, but they are just similar answers to 2 very different questions. Today we’ll be looking at these differences in their approach to spaceflight. Follow TJ on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TJ_Cooney Ishan Patil: https://twitter.com/_ishanspatil