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NS-25

New Shepard

Blue Origin

Launch Status
Success

Crew


Carol Schaller

Carol Schaller

  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

Carol is a retired CPA. In 2017, her doctor told her she would likely go blind. She has since traveled to 25 countries around the world, visited Mount Everest Base Camp, trekked to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda to see mountain gorillas, visited the South Pole, and camped in a tent in the desolate Antarctic plain at -20 degrees. Seeing Earth’s thin layer of atmosphere in the blackness of space will fulfill a lifelong dream.

Edward Joseph Dwight Jr

Edward Joseph Dwight Jr

  • Birthday: 09/09/1933
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

In 1961, Ed was chosen by President John F. Kennedy to enter training at the Aerospace Research Pilot School (ARPS), an elite U.S. Air Force flight training program known as a pathway for entering the NASA Astronaut Corps. In 1963, after successfully completing the ARPS program, Ed was recommended by the U.S. Air Force for the NASA Astronaut Corps but ultimately was not among those selected. He entered private life in 1966 and spent a decade as an entrepreneur before dedicating his life’s work to using sculpture as a medium to tell the story of Black history. He’s spent the last five decades creating large-scale monuments of iconic Black figures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, among many others. His more than 130 public works are installed in museums and public spaces across the U.S. and Canada. Ed was born in 1933 and raised in Kansas City, KS.

Gopi Thotakura

Gopi Thotakura

  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: Indian
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

Gopi is a pilot and aviator who learned how to fly before he could drive. He’s co-founder of Preserve Life Corp, a global center for holistic wellness and applied health located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In addition to flying jets commercially, Gopi pilots bush, aerobatic, and seaplanes, as well as gliders and hot air balloons, and has served as an international medical jet pilot. A lifelong traveler, his most recent adventure took him to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Gopi is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kenneth Lafferty Hess

Kenneth Lafferty Hess

  • Birthday: 01/22/1953
  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

Ken is a software engineer and entrepreneur who shaped today’s technology-based family history industry when he developed the Family Tree Maker product line in the 1990s. The company was acquired by Ancestry.com in 2003. In 2001, Ken gave back by founding Science Buddies, a K-12 nonprofit created to level the playing field and improve STEM literacy by inspiring students through free, personalized, hands-on projects in all areas of science, including space exploration. Science Buddies has reached one-quarter billion users. Ken’s lifelong passion for space exploration is in his DNA, with numerous early American pioneers in his mother’s lineage and many engineers and technicians in his father’s.

Mason Angel

Mason Angel

  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

Mason is the founder of Industrious Ventures, a venture capital fund supporting early-stage companies that enable or progress new industrial revolutions. Mason is an active member in his family’s foundation and will use this mission to inspire children and advance partnerships with nonprofits focused on STEM in early education. He spends his free time skiing or hiking in the Rocky Mountains and can often be found with his dog Leo, named for low Earth orbit.

Sylvain Chiron

Sylvain Chiron

  • Role: Tourist
  • Nationality: French
  • First Flight: 05/19/2024
  • Last Flight: 05/19/2024

Sylvain is the founder of the Brasserie Mont Blanc, one of the largest craft breweries in France. Sylvain was born in the French Alps and is a lifelong aviator and skier. He earned his pilot’s license at age 16. After spending several summers in Florida taking additional flying lessons and watching Space Shuttle launches, Sylvain entered mandatory service in the French military, where he served as a ski instructor for the French Air Force and NATO pilots. Following the military, he pursued an international MBA at Temple University and moved to Tokyo to study business in Japan. Sylvain and his family are based in Savoy, France, where he’s also involved in philanthropy focused on children’s education and nature preservation.

Mission


NS-25

  • Type: Suborbital
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Twenty-fifth flight of New Shepard carrying six passengers.

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 25 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Corn Ranch, Van Horn, TX, USA, has been the site for 25 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 05/19/2024 and has seen 10 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 months ago

& the lucky 6 are.???????

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

NICE JOB………WISH WE WERE WITH YOU ALL………