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New Shepard UPDATES thread
« on: 12/18/2017 03:57 PM »
We have test flight specific threads and a general discussion thread but think it’s time for an updates thread (now New Shepard is back in action).

To kick it off some remarks today from the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC):

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Jeff Ashby, Blue Origin: there is one thing cooler than watching space launches, and that is watching rockets land. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/942788007047979008

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Ashby: recalling being in a meeting 10 years ago with Air Force Space Command Gen. Chilton, along with AFRL and NASA personnel, who concluded that flyback boosters were not viable. Technology and private funding changed that. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: one-year hiatus in New Shepard suborbital flight was to incorporate lessons from the earlier series of flight tests. Learned a lot during those earlier tests. #NSRC2017

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Ashby discussing some of the key technical elements of New Shepard that enables operational reusability: ring fins, speed brakes, deeply-throttling BE-3 engine.

Currently turning around vehicle in about 2 weeks; hope to get it down to 1 week with ~20 people. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: flight last week was the first under an FAA launch license (previous ones were under experimental permits); needed to collect revenue for flights. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: should have a little more than three minutes of microgravity on New Shepard flights. Peak of about 5 g on reentry. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: we’re roughly a year out from human flights on New Shepard. Will start with test flights; about 1.5 to 2 years before people can start flying with their research payloads. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: not selling tickets for New Shepard flights; we’ll wait until we have the version of the capsule and rocket flying that we plan to use for commercial service. #NSRC2017

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Ashby noted the Apollo astronauts who visited the New Shepard exhibit this summer at Oshkosh, like Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin. They’re “strong supporters” of what we’re doing now, but that wasn’t always the case. #NSRC2017

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Ashby: one day of training will include a sim of a normal mission plus emergency egress and related training. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/942794974327902210
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #1 on: 12/19/2017 12:52 PM »
Jeff Foust's write-up of yesterday's remarks:

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Blue Origin a year away from crewed New Shepard flights
by Jeff Foust — December 19, 2017

http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-a-year-away-from-crewed-new-shepard-flights/

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #2 on: 12/19/2017 04:18 PM »
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[Erika] Wagner: we plan on flying payloads on all of our test flights in the next year on New Shepard, then bring in the version of the vehicle that will carry people. #NSRC2017

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943167196716552193

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #3 on: 12/19/2017 04:21 PM »
Crew test flights next year when next capsule (V3.0?) is ready.

Full 2018 flight manifest for V2.0, ie flying experiments. How many flights that is wasn't offered by Blue.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #4 on: 12/19/2017 04:29 PM »
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Wagner: a standard payload locker on a New Shepard flight (about 52x41x24 cm, 11.3 kg) will cost between $50-120K, depending on its requirements. #NSRC2017

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943170429887410176

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Wagner: New Shepard's future capabilities: Up to 6 astronauts and/or payload stacks, Payload access L-30 mins and R+20 mins, external mounting and deployment, science-quality window inserts, capsule replacement payloads, additional possibilities as demand grows. #NSRC2017

https://twitter.com/CO_Space_News/status/943170180498231296
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #5 on: 12/19/2017 05:30 PM »
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Wagner: a Nanolab (about the size of a 2U cubesat) starts at less than $10K for student payloads. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943170822021185536

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Wagner: working on supporting external payloads mounted in interstage area of New Shepard propulsion module, around ring fins. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943172799623041025

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #6 on: 12/27/2017 05:01 PM »
Ok, not purely about New Shepard but I suspect New Shepard provides the first opportunity:

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NASA willing to consider flying researchers on commercial suborbital vehicles
by Jeff Foust — December 27, 2017

http://spacenews.com/nasa-willing-to-consider-flying-researchers-on-commercial-suborbital-vehicles/

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
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