New Shepard - Blue Origin

BlueOrigin-logo.png MISSION SUMMARY

Mission: Private aerospace and space tourism
Launch date: TBD
Launch vehicle: Atlas V (initial)
Launch site: West Texas

Mission status: In development; currently focused on developing rocket-powered Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicles for access to suborbital and orbital space.
--First test flight: November 2006 (Goddard or PM1)
--Second test flight: March 2007 (Goddard)
--Third test flight: April 2007 (Goddard)
--Fourth test flight: May 2011 (New Shepard propulsion module (PM2))
--Fifth test flight: August 24, 2011 (PM2, failure, loss of vehicle)

Overview : Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. The company was awarded funding in 2009 by NASA under the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program for development of concepts and technologies to support future human spaceflight operations. They received additional funding during the second phase of the Commercial Crew Development program.
Blue Origin's New Shepard system will take astronauts to space on suborbital journeys. The New Shepard vehicle includes a Crew Capsule carrying three or more astronauts atop a separate rocket-powered Propulsion Module, launched from our West Texas Launch Site. In addition, the New Shepard vehicle will provide opportunities for researchers to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment.

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Blue_Origin_orbital_spacecraft.jpg Biconic space vehicle

pm2-research.jpg Early prototype of New Shepard vehicle

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