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New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status
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Crew

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Status: Retired
1/12/1964 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 7/20/2021
Last Flight: 7/20/2021

Jeff Bezos is an American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor known for being the founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon. Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000.

Mark Bezos

Mark Bezos

Status: Retired
5/17/1968 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 7/20/2021
Last Flight: 7/20/2021

Mark Bezos is the Founder and General Partner at HighPost Capital and Director of Bezos Family Foundation. Apart from this, he is also Senior Vice President of Communication and Marketing events at Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting charity organization. He is popularly known as the brother of Jeff Bezos.

Wally Funk

Wally Funk

Status: Retired
2/1/1938 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 7/20/2021
Last Flight: 7/20/2021

Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk is an American aviator and Goodwill Ambassador. She was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the first female civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector, as well as one of the Mercury 13.

Oliver Daemen

Oliver Daemen

Status: Retired
8/20/2002 -
Nationality: Dutch
Type: Private
First Flight: 7/20/2021
Last Flight: 7/20/2021

Dutch high school graduate whose father won the second place at the auction for New Shepard's first crewed flight. At only 18, he is the youngest person to go to space.

Mission

NS-16

Type: Tourism

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

Mission patch for NS-16

Location

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch

Corn Ranch, USA

23 rockets have launched from Corn Ranch, USA.

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

Rocket

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 22 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 23 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.

Core Landing

NS4 successfully landed at Corn Ranch Landing Pad after its third 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.

Agency

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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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

All the best Jeff and Mark. Wish we were going with you .

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

All the best Wally this flight is well overdue for you , enjoy for us all.

Jr June
Jr June
1 year ago

Let’s go baby. Rock it today Jefferson ! I’m all jacked up

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

Winners are Grinners .
Nice work by all involved, lets do it again.