#NewShepard has passed through Max-Q, the point of maximum dynamic pressure on the vehicle. #NS22
LAUNCH! Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-22 launches on a suborbital crewed hop from West Texas. Overview Article:nasaspaceflight.com/2022/08/ns-22-… - by Joseph Navin (@josephanavin).Blue Livestream:youtube.com/watch?v=F-UgZL…
Main engine cut-off (MECO). #NS22
Capsule separation confirmed by flight controllers. The #NS22 crew is experiencing weightlessness.
Crew Capsule apogee confirmed. Official mission stats to follow after landing. #NS22
The #NewShepard booster has landed! Eight successful landings for this vehicle, all serving our human spaceflight program. #NS22
The mains are out. #NS22 is now descending back to Launch Site One at a smooth 16 mph / 26 km/h.
New Shepard/NS-22: Crew cabin chatter after parachute deploy: "We're not going to die!" (laughter)... "Oh my gosh"
Capsule touchdown—welcome back, #NS22 crew!
And the capsule has landed, just over 10 minutes since launch.
Key stats from today’s mission, a 🧵:
The crew capsule reached an apogee of 347,585 ft AGL / 351,232 ft MSL (106 km AGL / 107 km MSL)
The booster reached an apogee of 347,219 ft AGL / 350,866 ft MSL (106 km AGL / 107 km MSL)
Official launch time was 8:56:07 AM CDT / 13:56:07 UTC. Capsule landing occurred at 9:06:27 AM CDT / 14:06:27 UTC.
The mission elapsed time was 10 min 20 sec; the max ascent velocity was 2,239 mph / 3,603 km/h.
23rd consecutive successful crew capsule landing (every flight in the program, including a pad escape test in 2012); eighth consecutive booster landing for this vehicle.
NEWS | AUG 4, 2022Blue Origin Successfully Completes 22nd Mission to SpaceToday, Blue Origin successfully completed its sixth human spaceflight and the 22nd flight for the New Shepard program. The astronaut crew included: Coby Cotton, Mário Ferreira, Vanessa O’Brien, Clint Kelly III, Sara Sabry, and Steve Young. The crew achieved three historic firsts: Sara Sabry became the first person from Egypt to fly to space. Vanessa O’Brien became the first woman to reach extremes on land (Mt. Everest), sea (Challenger Deep), and air (pass the Kármán line), completing the Explorers’ Extreme Trifecta, a Guinness World Record. Mário Ferreira became the first person from Portugal to fly to space. “It’s an honor for our team to provide our customers with a life-changing shift in perspective of our fragile planet,” said Phil Joyce, Senior Vice President, New Shepard. “It's been just over a year since New Shepard’s first human flight, and we have now flown 31 humans above the Kármán line. Thank you to these early pioneers in helping us realize our vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth.” If you’re interested in flying on New Shepard as an astronaut or flying a payload on a future mission, visit BlueOrigin.com. You can also purchase commemorative merchandise from today’s mission at the Blue Origin Shop.
Liftoff of #NS22.
A soft landing in West Texas. #NS22.
How many people are watching these launches now? Smooth operation is good, but is there much "Space" excitement left around NS?
Forever changed. #NS22