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NS-18

New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status
Success

Crew


Audrey Powers

Audrey Powers

  • Birthday: 02/01/1976
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 10/13/2021
  • Last Flight: 10/13/2021

Audrey Powers is the Vice President of Legal & Compliance for Blue Origin. Ms. Powers received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from Purdue University and worked as an engineer for almost 10 years prior to becoming a lawyer.

Exact DoB unknown.

Chris Boshuizen

Chris Boshuizen

  • Birthday: 06/01/1977
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: Australian
  • First Flight: 10/13/2021
  • Last Flight: 10/13/2021

Chris Boshuizen is partner at investment firm DCVC, and Planet co-founder.

Exact DoB unknown.

Glen de Vries

Glen de Vries

  • Birthday: 06/29/1972
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 10/13/2021
  • Last Flight: 10/13/2021

Glen de Vries is the co-founder and co-CEO of Medidata.

Killed in a plane crash in New Jersey.

William Shatner

William Shatner

  • Birthday: 03/22/1931
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • First Flight: 10/13/2021
  • Last Flight: 10/13/2021

William Shatner OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer. In his seven decades of acting, he became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.

Mission


NS-18

  • Type: Tourism
  • Orbit: Suborbital

NS-18 is the second crewed New Shepard flight, carrying 4 paying customers.

Location


West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch

Corn Ranch, Van Horn, TX, USA

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch has witnessed the launch of 24 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Corn Ranch, Van Horn, TX, USA, has been the site for 24 rocket launches.

West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch

Rocket


Blue Origin New Shepard

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

Landing


Core NS-4

Booster NS-4 last launched 12/19/2023 and has seen 9 successful launches and landings. New Shepard vehicle #4 is the fourth flight vehicle of the New Shepard suborbital rocket. It was used for Blue Origin’s first crewed launches.

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.

NS-4

Agency


Blue Origin

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
2 years ago

This makes it the second tourist launch for you guys and your track record is great.
Is this the launch that Captain James T. Kirk becomes the oldest to launch into space. ?
The final frontier.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
2 years ago

Beam us up Captain.!
Watch out for those Klingon’s.
Great launch and recovery by the BO team.
What’s next to visit space ? Dr. Who.
Bring it on folks the sky is the limit.

Debby Gifford
Debby Gifford
2 years ago

how long will this flight last?