Still in the afterglow of Blue Origin’s 14th flight of its New Shepard rocket, Jeff Bezos’ space tourism venture is planning another suborbital rocket launch to keep the momentum going in 2021. According to reports, these next missions could be some of the biggest in the company’s history.
New Shepard Stories January 21
New Shepard Stories January 14
Blue Origin is launching a New Shepard rocket for its NS-14 mission from West Texas today at 11:57 a.m. EST (16:57 UTC). NS-14 is the first mission for Jeff Bezos’ rocket company in 2021 and only the third New Shepard mission in the last 13 months.
In the future, Blue Origin plans to fly passengers on the New Shepard vehicle. The suborbital rocket travels to the Karman line that defines space then lands near the launch site. Passengers will see the planet from space and experience zero gravity for a few magical minutes before returning to the surface of Earth.
New Shepard Stories October 13, 2020
October 13: Launch day has arrived! Tune in below!
October 12: Launch attempt now set for October 13 at 9:35 a.m. ET.
September 24: Launch scrubbed due to power supply issue.
September 22: Now official for September 24 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
September 18: Space Explored has learned that Blue Origin is targeting Wednesday, September 23, for this launch. The suborbital flight test will also include NASA technology to enable precision landing without a pilot, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed on Friday, September 18. This autonomous landing tech is intended for use for a lunar landing system. Original story from August 10, 2020 below.
Blue Origin, the rocket company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, appears to be planning its first sub-orbital flight of 2020. Space Explored has learned that Blue Origin is planning to attempt the 13th launch of its New Shepard vehicle in September.
New Shepard Stories May 4, 2020
Blue Origin is not the most public-facing rocket company on the planet.
Try to take a close-up shot of the front of Blue Origin’s Orbital Launch System manufacturing facility in Florida, and a very friendly security guard will insist that you immediately exit the parking lot.
This doesn’t deter space fans from closely following the rocket company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Starting today, Blue Origin is taking a cue from the billionaire’s other company and launching an online store.
New Shepard Stories March 3, 2020
Blue Origin announced the completion of its 7 meter fairing for New Glenn today with two behind-the-scenes videos.
Blue Origin isn’t just working on New Glenn, a giant rocket with double the usable volume of existing rockets.
The Jeff Bezos-owned space company is testing its New Shepard with a goal of taking paying customers to space. Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said this to Miriam Kramer at Axios today regarding that mission: