- Type: Test Flight
- Orbit: Suborbital
The third test flight of the New Shepard vehicle. It is the first re-use for Blue Origin.
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.
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.
Booster NS-2 last launched 10/05/2016 and has seen 5 successful launches and landings. The New Shepard 2 or NS2, made five successful flights in 2015 and 2016, being retired after its fifth flight in October 2016. It was the first booster which Blue Origin successfully landed and reused.
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.
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.