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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #20 on: 12/12/2017 04:17 PM »
Wrong.

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#NewShepard just took off....

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #21 on: 12/12/2017 04:47 PM »
Don't worry about the delay, I'm told it's a success!

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #22 on: 12/12/2017 04:50 PM »
Now... waiting for videos and photos, hopefully?

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #23 on: 12/12/2017 04:54 PM »
Wrong.

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#NewShepard just took off....

Just saw that, the Twitter source was wrong. Hope New Shepard went well!
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #24 on: 12/12/2017 05:04 PM »
Just saw that, the Twitter source was wrong. Hope New Shepard went well!

No worry :) That's why I always post the twitter accound I get the information from :) I'm just the messenger :P

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #25 on: 12/12/2017 05:25 PM »
Official confirmation on the test having taken place from FAA (nothing on success/failure): 
https://www.faa.gov/data_research/commercial_space_data/launches/?type=Licensed

Date                Payload                             Vehicle                      Company         Site
Dec 12, 2017    Blue Origin Crew Capsule    New Shepard System    Blue Origin    Texas
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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #26 on: 12/12/2017 06:36 PM »
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/blue-origin-launches-updated-version-new-shepard-suborbital-spaceship-test-flight/
Blue Origin launches updated New Shepard suborbital spaceship on test flight

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #27 on: 12/12/2017 07:32 PM »
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Confirmation that #BlueOrigin #NewShepard had a successful flight in West Texas this morning. Both capsule and booster landed successfully.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #28 on: 12/13/2017 12:56 AM »
Any idea why Blue is being so tight-lipped about this one? Not even so much as a tweet about it.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #29 on: 12/13/2017 03:05 AM »
Finally...

https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/940792988095139841

Complete with commentary as if it was webcast ;D

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #30 on: 12/13/2017 03:44 AM »

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #31 on: 12/13/2017 03:45 AM »
"What's new about this one?"

"Really big windows."

"Cool, where's the picture from the inside?"

"We didn't get one of those."

???
Jeff Bezos has billions to spend on rockets and can go at whatever pace he likes! Wow! What pace is he going at? Well... have you heard of Zeno's paradox?

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #32 on: 12/13/2017 03:57 AM »
"What's new about this one?"
"Really big windows."
"Cool, where's the picture from the inside?"
"We didn't get one of those."

 ???

Yup
“Live from ... west Texas”, half a day later
As for not really live, the dummy had a great ride, but he’s not talking either.
Or into taking selfies
“Ready to fly?” they ask people but can we ask When they will be ready to fly people?
Up. Down. Hover. Solid rocket braking to soften impact.
This neat stuff but not particularly breath taking

Edit: Put a helmet on the dummy with a GoPro and leave a pile of balls on the floor to float in zero G.
How hard would that have been?
« Last Edit: 12/13/2017 04:01 AM by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #33 on: 12/13/2017 04:07 AM »
Congratulations Blue Origin on another successful test flight. 1 mph capsule touchdown speed is impressive.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #34 on: 12/13/2017 04:36 AM »
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[email protected] #NewShepard Mission 7 (M7) with first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0 included 12 suborbital research payloads: Crew Capsule reached apogee of 98.27 km AGL/99.37 km MSL, next generation booster reached apogee of 98.16 km AGL/99.27 km MSL

https://twitter.com/ac_charania/status/940805217439965186

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #35 on: 12/13/2017 04:47 AM »
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[email protected]'s rocket test dummy was nicknamed "Mannequin Skywalker." Well played, @JeffBezos ... well played: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/blue-origin-launches-updated-version-new-shepard-suborbital-spaceship-test-flight/ #StarWarsTheLastJedi 

https://twitter.com/b0yle/status/940810092244545538

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #36 on: 12/13/2017 05:03 AM »
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1/ Details on @blueorigin #NewShepard Mission 7 (M7) via fact sheet: carried 12 payloads & instrumented dummy named "Mannequin Skywalker"; Flight of 10 minutes 6 seconds, started 10:59 a.m. CT (8:59 a.m. PT) on 12 Dec 2017; booster went Mach 2.94 on ascent & Mach 3.74 on descent

https://twitter.com/ac_charania/status/940819139672895488

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2/ Details on @blueorigin #NewShepard Mission 7 (M7) via fact sheet: carried 12 payloads & instrumented dummy named "Mannequin Skywalker"; Flight of 10 minutes 6 seconds, started 10:59 a.m. CT (8:59 a.m. PT) on 12 Dec 2017; booster went Mach 2.94 on ascent & Mach 3.74 on descent

https://twitter.com/ac_charania/status/940819376277770241

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #37 on: 12/13/2017 05:04 AM »
Looks like there is a camera visible inside the capsule, so I expect there is more video to come.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #38 on: 12/13/2017 09:40 AM »
Ladies and gentlemen! This year Blue Origin sent to space ... a mannequinstronaut :)

I'd like to ask whether Mr. Bezos likes Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars prequel. Per Urban Dictionary :  Mannequin Skywalker = "Derogatory name for Hayden Christensen's portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the last two Star Wars prequel movies. Many consider his performance stiff and wooden, much like a store mannequin (hence the name). "

Whatever :) I find the name to be cool.

I'd like to remind that early Vostok spacecraft also used a mannequin which was named Ivan Ivanovich.

More here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Ivanovich_(Vostok_programme)

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - December 12, 2017
« Reply #39 on: 12/13/2017 10:33 AM »
Capsule apogee is a few km less than on some previous flights, though given the payloads - and windows - I imagine somewhat heavier than previous flights. Or have Blue used ballast previously?

I wonder how much margin they have to push things further. It seems to be a long hold down after ignition and a notable hover before landing.

I assume they want to break 100 km with a full complement of passengers. Especially if that's better than SpaceShipTwo can manage ...

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