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NS-16

New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status
Date/Time May Change

Crew

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Tourist

Status: In-Training
1/12/1964 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private

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

Tourist

Status: In-Training
5/17/1968 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private

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.

Mission

NS-16

Type: Tourism

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

Location

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch

Corn Ranch, USA

15 rockets have launched from Corn Ranch, USA.

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

Rocket

New Shepard

Length: 15 meters
Diameter: 3.7 meters
First Launch: 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 15 times with 15 successful and 0 failed launches.

Landing

NS4 will attempt to land 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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Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 month ago

I have just one question: how does this thing fly??? It is super fat, and looks like it would barely make it anywhere before crash-falling down to Earth.

Jeff Sloan
Jeff Sloan
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
30 days ago

New Shepherd is estimated to be in the ballpark of around 80,000lbs from what I’ve read, and its single BE-3 engine produces 110,000lbf of thrust. That gives it a thrust to weight ratio of 1.37, only needing to burn for approximately 110 seconds to get it past the Karman line.… Read more »

Ken & Judy O'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Jeff Sloan
11 days ago

Spot on. Roll on the 20th July, 2021.

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

Its all rocket science.

Ken & Judy O'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
7 days ago

Happy landings Jeff and Mark. Wish we were going with you to.