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NS-18

New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Glen de Vries

Glen de Vries

Status: Deceased
6/29/1972 - 11/11/2021
Nationality: American
Type: Private
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.

Chris Boshuizen

Chris Boshuizen

Status: Retired
6/1/1977 -
Nationality: Australian
Type: Private
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.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Status: Retired
3/22/1931 -
Nationality: Canadian
Type: Private
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.

Audrey Powers

Audrey Powers

Status: Retired
2/1/1976 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
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.

Mission

NS-18

Type: Tourism

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

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 on its fourth 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

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.

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

Yes, it is.

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

how long will this flight last?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Debby Gifford
1 year ago

The entire flight will last about 11 minutes with 3-4 minutes of microgravity.