New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status


Mannequin Skywalker

Mannequin Skywalker

Anthropomorphic Test Device

Status: Active
12/12/2017 -
Nationality: Earthling
Type: Non-Human
Agency: Blue Origin

"Mannequin Skywalker" is a test dummy flown on Blue Origin New Shepard 3's initial flight test.



Type: 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.


West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch

Corn Ranch, USA

14 launches have been at this location.

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch, Corn Ranch, USA


New Shepard

Length: 15 meters
Diameter: 3.7 meters
First Launched: April 29, 2015

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.

The New Shepard rocket has been launched a total of 14 times with 14 successful and 0 failed launches.


NS4 successfully landed at Corn Ranch Landing Pad after its first flight.

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.


Blue Origin

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: BO
Administration: CEO: Jeff Bezos
Founded: 2000
Launchers: New Shepard | New Glenn
Country: USA

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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Bruce Sirak
Bruce Sirak
9 days ago

Great, I just wish that you could watch it in a recording afterwards in case you missed the takeoff.

Rocket Monkey
Reply to  Bruce Sirak
9 days ago

If you fast forward to 51:40 you can watch the liftoff.

8 days ago

Yes I also see the Launch of NS 14
Amazing launch