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Offline Chasm

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2160 on: 07/17/2017 05:36 PM »
Looks to me like they are not licensed by FAA to launch at this time.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2161 on: 07/17/2017 05:58 PM »
Looks to me like they are not licensed by FAA to launch at this time.

...and this failure to file the paperwork is either due to a planned delay or lack of interest, so it doesn't tell us much.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2162 on: 07/18/2017 01:28 AM »
Can someone ask... ya know, like some sort of journalist? ;)
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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2163 on: 07/18/2017 02:06 AM »
That seems more productive than stale back and forth.
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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2164 on: 07/18/2017 07:46 PM »
Cross posting purely for claimed timescale of NS flight:

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Thomas Driebe, DLR: platforms we use for µg research include Blue Origin’s New Shepard; flying experiments on it in 2nd half 2017. #ISSRDC

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/887391257797865472

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Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2165 on: 07/21/2017 04:42 PM »
DLR to fly experiments on Blue Origin’s New Shepard

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The German Aerospace Center, Germany’s space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle later this year as part of an effort to diversify its microgravity research efforts.

Thomas Driebe, head of the physical and material sciences program at the center, known by the German acronym DLR, said in a presentation July 18 at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference here that the center planned to fly the physical sciences experiments under a commercial deal with Blue Origin.

“This is another opportunity for German scientists,” he said in a brief discussion about the mission, scheduled for the second half of this year, during his presentation.

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In a later interview, Driebe said one of the experiments will test a phenomenon known as photophoresis, the movement of particles suspended in a gas triggered by light. In astrophysics, photophoresis plays a role in the formation of planets in protoplanetary disks. The other experiment, he said, will test granular matter dynamics in microgravity.

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Cost is also a factor. “The sounding rockets are rather cost-intensive,” Driebe said. “So this was an opportunity to put small payloads on another platform.” DLR purchased the payload space on the New Shepard flight, he said, but he did not disclose the price the center paid. “Since it’s one of the first flights, as far as I know there was a special discount.”

http://spacenews.com/dlr-to-fly-experiments-on-blue-origins-new-shepard/
« Last Edit: 07/21/2017 04:45 PM by Star One »

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