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.
Corn Ranch, USA
21 rockets have launched from Corn Ranch, USA.
New Shepard – Blue Origin
Family: Blue Origin
Length: 15 m
Diameter: 3.7 m
Launch Mass: 75 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 0 kg
The New Shepard was manufactured by Blue Origin with the first launch on 2015-04-29. New Shepard has 21 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 21 launches. 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.
New Shepard has successfully landed after its 7th launch.
Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas – CR
New Shepard landing site.
Return to Launch Site – RTLS
A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.
Administration: CEO: Jeff Bezos
Launchers: New Shepard | New Glenn
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.