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 is employing an incremental approach from suborbital to orbital flight, with each developmental step building on its prior work. The company motto is "Gradati...

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  • On October 5, 2016, we conducted an in-flight escape test of New Shepard’s full-envelope escape system at Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. This flight was our toughest test yet. We intentionally triggered an escape of the crew capsule in flight and at the most stressing condition: maximum dynamic pressure through transonic velocities. The test was conducted with the same reusable New Shepar...

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  • On October 5, 2016, New Shepard performed an in-flight test of the capsule’s full-envelope escape system, designed to quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. At T+0:45 and 16,053 feet (4,893 meters), the capsule separated and the escape motor fired, pushing the capsule safely away from the booster. Reaching an apogee of 23,269 feet (7,092 meters), the c...

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  • Like Mercury, Apollo, and Soyuz, New Shepard has an escape system that can quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. Our escape system, however, pushes rather than pulls and is mounted underneath the capsule rather than on a tower. The escape motor vectors thrust to steer the capsule to the side, out of the booster’s path. The capsule then coasts, stabili...

Blue Origin
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  • New Shepard flew again on June 19, 2016, reaching an apogee of 331,504 feet (101.042 kilometers). It was the fourth flight with this booster and the sixth flight of this capsule. This time, we intentionally did not deploy one of three parachutes on the capsule and proved we could softly land with only two of them open. We’ve designed the capsule to have one or two levels of redundancy in every sys...

Blue Origin
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  • A payload from Technische Universität Braunschweig (Braunschweig University in Germany) designed to better understand the dynamics of dust collisions in the early solar system is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jürgen Blum This research is supported by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) under grant 50WM153...

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  • New Shepard flew again on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware. We pushed the envelope on this flight, restarting the engine for the propulsive landing only 3,600 feet above the ground, requiring the BE-3 engine to start fast and ramp to high thrust fast.

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  • Max Q In-Flight Escape (slow motion)

    On October 5, 2016, we conducted an in-flight escape test of New Shepard’s full-envelope escape system at Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. This flight was our toughest test yet. We intentionally triggered an escape of the crew capsule in flight and at the most stressing condition: maximum dynamic pressure through transonic velocities. The test was conducted with the same reusable New Shepar...

  • New Shepard In-flight Escape Test

    On October 5, 2016, New Shepard performed an in-flight test of the capsule’s full-envelope escape system, designed to quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. At T+0:45 and 16,053 feet (4,893 meters), the capsule separated and the escape motor fired, pushing the capsule safely away from the booster. Reaching an apogee of 23,269 feet (7,092 meters), the c...

  • Replay of In-flight Escape Test Live Webcast

    Live webcast of New Shepard in-flight escape test.

  • New Shepard Capsule Escape Animation

    Like Mercury, Apollo, and Soyuz, New Shepard has an escape system that can quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. Our escape system, however, pushes rather than pulls and is mounted underneath the capsule rather than on a tower. The escape motor vectors thrust to steer the capsule to the side, out of the booster’s path. The capsule then coasts, stabili...

  • Flight Four – One Chute Out

    New Shepard flew again on June 19, 2016, reaching an apogee of 331,504 feet (101.042 kilometers). It was the fourth flight with this booster and the sixth flight of this capsule. This time, we intentionally did not deploy one of three parachutes on the capsule and proved we could softly land with only two of them open. We’ve designed the capsule to have one or two levels of redundancy in every sys...

  • Replay of Flight 4 Live Webcast

    Replay of live webcast of New Shepard flight four of same hardware.

  • Microgravity Experiment on Dust Environments in Astrophysics-B (MEDEA-B)

    A payload from Technische Universität Braunschweig (Braunschweig University in Germany) designed to better understand the dynamics of dust collisions in the early solar system is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jürgen Blum This research is supported by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) under grant 50WM153...

  • Effective Interfacial Tension Induced Convection (EITIC)

    A payload developed jointly between Louisiana State University and William Jewell College to study gradient-driven fluid flow in the absence of convection is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigators: Dr. John Pojman and Dr. Patrick Bunton

  • Three-Dimensional Critical Wetting Experiment in Microgravity (3D WETTING)

    A Purdue University experiment designed to study the shapes fluids take in microgravity is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Steven Collicott

  • Flight 3: GH2 Vent Cam

    Video from our New Shepard flight on April 2, 2016 showing flight of the booster from just ahead of reentry through descent and landing. Video is from the GH2 vent camera located just below the booster’s ring fin.

  • Flight Three: Pushing the Envelope

    New Shepard flew again on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware. We pushed the envelope on this flight, restarting the engine for the propulsive landing only 3,600 feet above the ground, requiring the BE-3 engine to start fast and ramp to high thrust fast.

  • Collisions Into Dust Experiment (COLLIDE)

    A University of Central Florida experiment designed to mimic impacts between objects in microgravity is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Joshua Colwell

  • Box of Rocks Experiment (BORE)

    A Southwest Research Institute experiment designed to better understand the rocky soil on small, near-Earth asteroids is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Dan Durda

  • Launch. Land. Repeat.

    Our vision: millions of people living and working in space. You can’t get there by throwing the hardware away. Watch the re-flight!

  • What 400 Very Happy Rocket Scientists Look Like

    Historic Rocket Landing Blue Origin HQ November 23, 2015

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