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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
« Reply #7 on: 01/09/2018 07:50 pm »
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #8 on: 02/05/2018 12:57 pm »
Via Jeff Foust:

From an article about a New Mexico company flying a communications payload on Blue Origin’s New Shepard: the next test flight is scheduled “in the coming weeks.” (It’s been close to two months since the previous test.)

https://www.abqjournal.com/1129055/sfs-solstar-pioneers-spacetoearth-communications.html

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #9 on: 02/21/2018 03:30 pm »
New tweet shows the New Shepard caught in transport now inside the New Glenn factory.

https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/966346919067963393

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #10 on: 02/22/2018 06:04 am »
Update: much better photos.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #11 on: 02/26/2018 06:29 pm »
FCC granted a license for Flight 9 of New Shepard, NET April 1st. We're about to get PRANKED
https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=205453&x=.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #12 on: 03/07/2018 01:46 pm »
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.@BlueOrigin seeking to hire an Astronaut Experience Manager: Understand astronaut needs/desires, help define/develop the end-to-end astronaut experience, lead a team to implement, lead astronaut experience operations, develop astronaut hospitality program

https://twitter.com/ac_charania/status/971194612319686656

https://careers-blueorigin.icims.com/jobs/2573/astronaut-experience-manager/job

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #13 on: 03/12/2018 06:24 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/973276257440927744
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Clay Mowry, Blue Origin: expect to do several New Shepard test flights this year; start flying our own crew late this year or early next year.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #14 on: 04/16/2018 06:22 am »
From interview with Ariane Cornell (head of astronaut strategy and sales and New Glenn commercial sales director for the Americas at Blue Origin):

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New Shepard will be flying Blue Origin employees by the end of this year, assuming our test program continues to go well. Within the next year or two, we’ll have paying customers, which is really exciting.

http://seattlebusinessmag.com/profiles/executive-qa-ariane-cornell-says-blue-origin-will-launch-people-space-end-2018

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #15 on: 04/23/2018 06:35 pm »
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An FAA temporary flight restriction suggests Blue Origin will be conducting another New Shepard suborbital test flight as soon as tomorrow: bit.ly/2qQjhIG

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/988472791975555072

But altitude on FAA restriction is reported as only up to 8,000 ft MSL?

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #16 on: 04/29/2018 03:00 pm »
For anyone who like me was watching THIS thread over the weekend for updates on today's test flight, it's being tracked here:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45574.0
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #17 on: 04/29/2018 06:52 pm »
I am not sure if this is news but Phil Plaint said that the 4th version of the NS rocket is the one that will carry crew:

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Blue Origin has said they want to fly people *this year*. That will be on the fourth NS rocket.

https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/990643735515009029
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #18 on: 04/30/2018 08:13 am »
I am not sure if this is news but Phil Plaint said that the 4th version of the NS rocket is the one that will carry crew:

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Blue Origin has said they want to fly people *this year*. That will be on the fourth NS rocket.

https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/990643735515009029

Emphasis mine.

The fourth NS rocket is the next in line:
- The first NS rocket was destroyed during the first test flight of the NS system.
- The second NS rocket is currently retired and sitting in the lobby of the New Glenn factory at KSC.
- The third NS rocket performed its second mission yesterday.
- The fourth NS rocket is under construction.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #19 on: 06/22/2018 05:09 pm »
Blue Origin plans to start selling suborbital spaceflight tickets next year

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Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19.

Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, as the keynote of a half-day track on earth and space applications, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson offered a few updates on the development of the company’s suborbital vehicle.

“We plan to start flying our first test passengers soon,” he said after showing a video of a previous New Shepard flight at the company’s West Texas test site. All of the New Shepard flights to date have been without people on board, but the company has said in the past it would fly its personnel on the vehicle in later tests.

http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-plans-to-start-selling-suborbital-spaceflight-tickets-next-year/

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #20 on: 06/25/2018 11:23 pm »
Time for a Flight 9 thread! Flight 9 STA was just granted, NET July 1st.
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=85247

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #21 on: 06/26/2018 06:50 am »
Thanks for posting. I’ve started flight 9 thread:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45903.0

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #22 on: 07/11/2018 03:00 pm »
Yu Matsutomi of Blue Origin, during #AIAAPropEnergy session: we’re planning a few more New Shepard test flights this year, with first human flight at the end of this year.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #23 on: 07/13/2018 04:54 am »
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« Reply #24 on: 07/13/2018 04:33 pm »
The original article is on Reuters: Exclusive: Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides - sources  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-blueorigin-exclusive/exclusive-jeff-bezos-plans-to-charge-at-least-200000-for-space-rides-sources-idUSKBN1K301R everybody else just quoted them

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #25 on: 07/17/2018 12:03 pm »
Via Blue Origin twitter: Ready for lift off! New Shepard is gearing up for its ninth mission. We’ll be doing a high altitude escape motor test – pushing the rocket to its limits. Launch is tomorrow. Details on live webcast to come.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #26 on: 07/17/2018 12:20 pm »
Photo from that same tweet attached.

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« Reply #27 on: 07/25/2018 05:27 pm »
New promo video about the New Shepard capsule.


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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #29 on: 10/15/2018 11:08 pm »
Interview with Jeff Bezos on Recode, and he talks about New Shepard:

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Bezos, who also runs Blue Origin, a rocket company he called the “most important thing I’m working on,” is also focused on sending people into space on what he called a “tourism mission.”

Bezos wants to launch this mission next year.

“I’m hopeful that that will happen in 2019,” Bezos said Monday when he spoke at the Wired Summit in San Francisco. “I was hopeful it would happen in 2018. I keep telling the team it’s not a race. I want this to be the safest space vehicle in the history of space vehicles.”
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #30 on: 10/18/2018 06:25 am »
Pretty cool picture of the legs of New Shepard and aft body section.

From wired article : https://www.wired.com/story/jeff-bezos-blue-origin/

I downloaded it for easier access.
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #31 on: 10/18/2018 09:38 am »
Pretty cool picture of the legs of New Shepard and aft body section.

Remember the forum rules: unless you are the one who shot those pictures always credit the source. And if possible, link to the source.

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« Reply #32 on: 10/18/2018 09:50 am »
Pretty cool picture of the legs of New Shepard and aft body section.

Remember the forum rules: unless you are the one who shot those pictures always credit the source. And if possible, link to the source.
Didn't know, fixed it.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #34 on: 11/27/2018 06:19 am »
I took a few pictures of New Shepard July, 2017 that I thought people might like to see.  You might recognize some of the people in some of the photos.  I also thought the details of the landing legs were interesting.

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« Reply #35 on: 11/28/2018 01:10 am »
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This application is for Flight #11 of the New Shepard space launch booster and capsule; receipt of telemetry data from the vehicles during flight.

NET 2/15/2019

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #37 on: 12/17/2018 05:38 pm »
https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1074734506953719808

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 We are targeting the next launch of #NewShepard tomorrow at 8:30 am CST / 14:30 UTC. Mission will take a cabin full of @NASA-sponsored payloads into space. Follow the launch live at http://www.BlueOrigin.com  and check out the payloads flying with us http://bit.ly/2QD1KSS  #NS10

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« Reply #38 on: 12/17/2018 07:26 pm »
https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1074759932795281408

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This is the first time we’ve had two rockets in the barn in West Texas. We’re building our fleet of versatile reusable launch vehicles step-by-step as we move towards operations #GradatimFerociter #NS10
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« Reply #39 on: 12/18/2018 01:49 pm »
Scrubbed due to ground infrastructure issue.

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We are scrubbing today’s #NewShepard launch due to a ground infrastructure issue. The vehicle is in good standing. Stand by for updates as we see what weather looks like for tomorrow #NS10

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« Reply #40 on: 12/18/2018 11:24 pm »
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #41 on: 01/08/2019 03:31 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1082675853820076035

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Blue Origin’s Ariane Cornell at #AIAASciTech panel this morning: we are aiming to fly people early in 2019, but only do it when we’re ready. We’re not selling tickets yet and we have not selected a price yet.

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Cornell adds the next New Shepard launch is coming up “relatively soon”; that was scheduled for last month but postponed, with no new date announced. #AIAASciTech

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« Reply #42 on: 01/16/2019 04:43 pm »


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Published on 16 Jan 2019
The more we fly the better we get. Safety and reliability are paramount. Our rigorous test program with New Shepard is putting the vehicle through the paces. We have successfully completed several crew capsule escape tests showing that our astronauts will be safe in any phase of flight. In addition to our test program, our payloads program is driving more flights of the system as we iterate on operations and technology in preparation for human spaceflight. All the learnings from the New Shepard program are being flowed into New Glenn development as we scale up our capabilities to serve the orbital market. Visit us at www.blueorigin.com to learn more.
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« Reply #43 on: 01/24/2019 01:17 am »


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When we delivered New Shepard PM 4 to our West Texas launch site in December, it was the first time we had two rockets in the barn in Texas. We’re building our fleet of versatile reusable launch vehicles step-by-step as we move towards operations.

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New Shepard’s reusability is lowering launch costs and creating routine access to space. Lowering the cost of microgravity research increases the opportunities for universities, government researchers and entrepreneurs to test payloads and technologies in space.

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« Reply #45 on: 01/24/2019 06:48 am »


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We have a lean and mighty team in mission control on launch day – about 30 people who operate New Shepard. Meet our teammate Laura who, like all of us at Blue, is focused on lowering the cost of access to space.

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« Reply #46 on: 02/19/2019 01:22 am »
Blue Origin now asking people to register their interest in New Shepard flights:

https://www.blueorigin.com/new-shepard/become-an-astronaut/reserve-a-seat

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You can start your journey now by filling in the following information. By providing your information here, you’ll receive early access to pricing information and tickets when we open reservations. Our New Shepard space vehicle will carry a new generation of explorers and adventurers – we’re looking forward to flying with you!

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« Reply #47 on: 02/20/2019 10:16 pm »
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Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo
by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2019

NEW YORK — As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the company’s founder says the altitude the vehicle can reach will put it at an advantage over Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

https://spacenews.com/bezos-emphasizes-altitude-advantage-of-new-shepard-over-spaceshiptwo/

Jeff Bezos confirms they expect to fly people this year. He also points out New Shepard goes above the Karman line and that SS2 hasn’t yet and says:

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“We’ve always had as our mission that we wanted to fly above the Karman Line, because we didn’t want there to be any asterisks next to your name about whether you’re an astronaut or not,”

Ouch!

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #48 on: 02/21/2019 04:11 am »
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #49 on: 02/24/2019 07:46 am »
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Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo
by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2019

NEW YORK — As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the company’s founder says the altitude the vehicle can reach will put it at an advantage over Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

https://spacenews.com/bezos-emphasizes-altitude-advantage-of-new-shepard-over-spaceshiptwo/

Jeff Bezos confirms they expect to fly people this year. He also points out New Shepard goes above the Karman line and that SS2 hasn’t yet and says:

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“We’ve always had as our mission that we wanted to fly above the Karman Line, because we didn’t want there to be any asterisks next to your name about whether you’re an astronaut or not,”

Ouch!

Business Insider has more detail (almost a transcription) of Bezos’ remarks the other day:

https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-wings-club-presentation-transcript-2019-2

More New Shepard related details:

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The booster is performing very well, and we now have two boosters there in Texas for the first time.

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We will fly one flight this year — humans, I mean — but we will fly when we're ready.

Only one flight?!
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #50 on: 03/27/2019 12:50 am »
0536-EX-ST-2019
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« Reply #51 on: 03/27/2019 02:12 am »
0536-EX-ST-2019
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I'm not sure I get what this means.

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« Reply #52 on: 03/27/2019 02:19 am »
0536-EX-ST-2019
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I'm not sure I get what this means.

The 13th flight of New Shephard is NET July 15.  (Which based on their historical cadence seems wildly optimistic if they still plan to launch NS-11 and NS-12.)

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« Reply #53 on: 03/27/2019 02:28 am »
0536-EX-ST-2019
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Please explain the purpose of operation:    This application is for Flight #13 of the New Shepard space launch booster and capsule; receipt of telemetry data from the vehicles during flight.
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I'm not sure I get what this means.

The 13th flight of New Shephard is NET July 15.  (Which based on their historical cadence seems wildly optimistic if they still plan to launch NS-11 and NS-12.)
Lol, I thought 2019 was last year, oops.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #54 on: 07/23/2019 06:41 pm »
https://www.axios.com/blue-origin-test-flights-9dc5d8e1-1bfe-4d21-a3c1-683a6f2e9c00.html
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Blue Origin is 2 test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #55 on: 07/23/2019 08:09 pm »
https://www.axios.com/blue-origin-test-flights-9dc5d8e1-1bfe-4d21-a3c1-683a6f2e9c00.html
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Blue Origin is 2 test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

Hmm, they changed it:

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1153756723334852609

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Update: Axios updated the quote to say "a few" rather than "two." So we'll see! Doing three flights before the end of the year would be hard but any more seems to make flying people this year out of the question.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #56 on: 07/24/2019 09:21 am »
https://www.axios.com/blue-origin-test-flights-9dc5d8e1-1bfe-4d21-a3c1-683a6f2e9c00.html
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Blue Origin is 2 test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

It's been well over three months since the last test flight. With a few more test flights to go before a crewed launch, 2019 looks extremely unlikely.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #57 on: 07/24/2019 06:43 pm »
https://www.axios.com/blue-origin-test-flights-9dc5d8e1-1bfe-4d21-a3c1-683a6f2e9c00.html
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Blue Origin is 2 test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

It's been well over three months since the last test flight. With a few more test flights to go before a crewed launch, 2019 looks extremely unlikely.

I have it from a good source that it is not "extremely unlikely" but "absolutely out of the question".
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #58 on: 07/24/2019 06:52 pm »
Do we know what they still have to do to prepare for crewed flights?
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #59 on: 09/08/2019 07:45 am »
The NS-10 telemetry.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #60 on: 09/11/2019 03:43 pm »
Renewed FAA license for New Shepard, LRLO 17-105 (Rev. 1)

effective August 17, 2019

Terms seem to be unchanged. Does not mention crewed or uncrewed, but allows "passive and/or active payloads".
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #61 on: 09/16/2019 07:08 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1173671721854914560

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Blue Origin’s Erika Wagner says the company is in the “i-dotting and t-crossing” phase of the New Shepard flight test program as it prepares to fly people into space before the end of the year, as the company has been stating. (But last test flight was 4.5 months ago…)

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #62 on: 09/24/2019 06:51 pm »
1791-EX-ST-2019

This application is for Flight #12 of the New Shepard space launch booster and capsule; receipt of telemetry data from the vehicles during flight.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #63 on: 09/25/2019 12:37 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1176828994064400385

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Blue Origin expects to test fly its New Shepard rocket at least 2 more times before putting its first people on board.

CEO Bob Smith tells me "it's not on individual thing" that's driving the delays, but rather the company "being cautious and thorough."

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/25/blue-origin-over-2-more-new-shepard-rocket-tests-before-first-people.html
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #64 on: 10/23/2019 07:17 pm »
https://twitter.com/b0yle/status/1187082565414522880

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.@blueorigin’s Greg “Ray J” Johnson says there’ll be one more #NewShepard suborbital test flight before year’s end; acknowledges they’re “tapping the brakes” before flying people.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #65 on: 10/23/2019 08:03 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1187088874801156096

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Greg Johnson, senior VP of New Shepard at Blue Origin, mentioned in passing that the company will have a program to fly poets and artists on its suborbital vehicle, but no details. Says there’s room in space tourism market for both Blue and Virgin. #IAC2019

Maybe get some early spaceflight experience before a trip around the moon?

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #66 on: 11/12/2019 04:30 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1194294538359185410

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Smith on New Shepard's first crewed flight:

"We were planning on this year; unfortunately, it’s very unlikely we’re going to get in this year. We need a few more flights to make sure that we’re all comfortable with the verification ... so it probably will be next year."

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1194294839820636160

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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith: "It will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for the initial tickets" for tourists to fly to space on New Shepard.

See https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/12/blue-origin-ceo-on-rocketry-space-tourism-and-the-relationship-with-amazon.html

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« Reply #67 on: 11/21/2019 03:11 am »
2169-EX-ST-2019
This application is for Flight #13 of the New Shepard space launch booster and capsule; receipt of telemetry data from the vehicles during flight.
Operation Start Date:   12/01/2019
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North  31  25  23   West  104  45  26   Up to flight level 425,000 FT MSL, Van Horn, TX

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« Reply #68 on: 12/08/2019 09:06 pm »
NS-12 scheduled for Dec. 10 at 14:30 UTC.

Source: https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1203795335660879872
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #69 on: 12/10/2019 02:49 am »
Blue Origin's FCC application for Flight 13 was dismissed without prejudice
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You are advised that the Commission is unable to grant your application for the facilities requested. The application is dismissed because NTIA objects to authorize the STA request on behalf of Blue Origin Texas, LLC for Van Horn, TX during the period 1 December 2019 thru 1 June 2020, for the following reason(s):
- Due to critical on-going law-enforcement operations

Blue Origin has filed a new request 2326-EX-ST-2019
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Re: STA file # 2326-EX-ST-2019
This license request is a modification of the dismissed STA file # 2169-EX-ST-2019, correspondence reference number 52157. The dismissal does not specify which of the two frequencies from 2169-EX-ST2019 conflict with the on-going law-enforcement operations. Therefore, on this application 2326-EX-ST2019 Blue Origin Texas requests any two of the five frequencies listed in this application (we do not need all five). These combinations are

• 2202+/-2 and 2210+/-2.5 MHz
• 2202+/-2 and 2216+/-2.5 MHz
• 2202+/-2 and 2250+/-2.5 MHz
• 2202+/-2 and 2272+/-2.5 MHz
• 2210+/-2.5 and 2216+/-2.5 MHz
• 2210+/-2.5 and 2250+/-2.5 MHz
• 2210+/-2.5 and 2272.5+/-2.5 MHz
• 2216+/-2.5 and 2250+/-2.5 MHz
• 2216+/-2.5 and 2272.5+/-2.5 MHz
• 2250+/-2.5 and 2272.5+/-2.5 MHz

We respectfully ask that if there are any issues with the above request, can someone please contact me to discuss this application? Blue Origin Texas has flexibility beyond what is listed above, and we are more than happy to coordinate and alter this application to accommodate other spectrum users. We are resubmitting this application with guesses as to what frequencies to ask for, because we don’t have specific feedback on what was conflicting with our initial application in correspondence reference number 52157.

Sincerely,
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #70 on: 12/11/2019 08:46 pm »

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« Reply #71 on: 12/11/2019 09:38 pm »

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« Reply #72 on: 12/11/2019 09:39 pm »

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #73 on: 12/12/2019 06:52 pm »
Blue Origin posted recovery video for the payloads on instagram stories

(attached one)

https://www.picuki.com/profile/blueorigin

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #74 on: 12/29/2019 10:44 pm »
Great launch site shots

https://twitter.com/birdsnspace/status/1211430644435152896

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I missed the @BlueOrigin #NS12 flight by a few days, but here's the West Texas launch site and a somewhat scorched landing pad.  New Shepard 3 has now made 6 suborbital flights.  The booster lands vertically on the pad, while the crew capsule returns separately under parachutes.

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« Reply #75 on: 01/15/2020 01:34 am »
Blue Origin finally got their FCC permits for New Shepard flight 13.  After their application from Dec. 9 was denied, they tried again on Dec. 20 by filing individual permits for each of four frequencies.  They managed to get two of the four approved.  The date range is February 1 through March 15.  2382-EX-ST-2019  2385-EX-ST-2019

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« Reply #76 on: 01/29/2020 10:43 pm »
twitter.com/joroulette/status/1222646035375382529

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Blue Origin's Clay Mowry says the New Shepard team has completed three pad abort tests for their crew capsule and conducted an in-flight abort to test the capsule's on-board escape system.

https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1222649844944248833

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Clay says Blue Origin hasn’t started selling astronaut seats yet commercially, and won't do so until they fly their own astronauts, which should happen sometime this year on New Shepard

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #77 on: 02/17/2020 05:59 pm »
Wow, New Shephard flying people is getting further away ...

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1229478757095874563

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Smith says there will be three or four more test flights of New Shepard before Blue Origin flies people.

Won’t do that this year unless flight rate picks up
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #78 on: 02/21/2020 07:26 pm »
 These are old but i'm attaching them for prosperity as they weren't when originally posted and i'm amazed the links still work. The crater from the PM from NS flight 1, images originally posted by user 'n5lp' on the vansairforce.com forum.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #79 on: 02/21/2020 08:14 pm »
Wow, New Shephard flying people is getting further away ...

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1229478757095874563

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Smith says there will be three or four more test flights of New Shepard before Blue Origin flies people.

Won’t do that this year unless flight rate picks up

Flights of New Shepard with people onboard are almost perpetually "three to four" flights away. It has been that way for years now.
There is no reason to believe that we will see manned New Shepard missions in 2021.

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« Reply #80 on: 03/02/2020 03:54 pm »
https://twitter.com/lauraforczyk/status/1234521528450060294

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Oh my! Lunar gravity simulated by spinning @blueorigin’s New Shepard at 11 RPM, says Blue Origin Chief Scientist Steve Squyres. Sign me up! Hi @ad_astra2 yes me please. 🙋🏻‍♀️ 🚀👩🏻‍🚀 #NSRC2020

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Squyres: we’re planning human-tended research flights on New Shepard. Plan to start with missions that don’t require researcher to unbuckle from seat; once we master it, move on too much wider range of research. #NSRC2020
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« Reply #81 on: 03/17/2020 07:16 pm »
https://twitter.com/jackiewattles/status/1239999430897491968

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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith says New Shepard development is still moving.

“We continue to make progress with the test program, going through the vehicle verification process,” Smith told Space News. “We hope to be able to fly people by the end of the year.”

Quite is from:

https://spacenews.com/blue-origin-pressing-on-with-rocket-and-engine-development-as-industry-copes-with-coronavirus/

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« Reply #82 on: 03/19/2020 03:08 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1240666469383516160

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Jim Reuter, NASA assoc. administrator for space tech, says that Blue Origin is scheduled to perform tests for NASA of a landing laser system on a New Shepard suborbital flight in June, but says that schedule is “pretty unlikely” given current circumstances.

So either Blue were planning another New Shephard flight before June, or June was the next flight after the last one in December.
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #83 on: 04/02/2020 05:21 pm »
Apparently Blue were aiming for April 10th for next New Shepard launch:

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The company was originally targeting April 10th for the next New Shepard launch and was working toward that date as recently as last weekend, to the concern of multiple employees.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/2/21198272/blue-origin-coronavirus-leaked-audio-test-launch-workers-jeff-bezos

N.B. Let’s discuss the main thrust of the article - allegedly putting pressure on employers in the general discussion thread.

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« Reply #84 on: 04/18/2020 11:11 pm »
Apparently Blue were aiming for April 10th for next New Shepard launch:

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The company was originally targeting April 10th for the next New Shepard launch and was working toward that date as recently as last weekend, to the concern of multiple employees.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/2/21198272/blue-origin-coronavirus-leaked-audio-test-launch-workers-jeff-bezos

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“There’s this insatiable drive to be the first,” one employee says. “We’re in a .”
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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« Reply #85 on: 04/29/2020 09:17 pm »
Blue Origin with amusing FCC permit requests again.  They had a bunch of trouble last time with a normal 6 month duration permit.  This time they did a series of two month duration permit requests, Jun 1-Aug 1, Jul 1-Sep 1, ... , Dec 1-Feb 1.  I guess that would allow them to potentially figure out what time periods are unavailable.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #86 on: 05/02/2020 03:33 pm »
From https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/01/business/space-industry-critical-business-blue-origin-spacex-scn/index.html posted yesterday:

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The company planned to move forward with a scheduled test flight of its tourism vehicle, but workers pushed back, the Verge reported last month. Blue Origin told CNN Business last week that it no longer has a firm date in place for that test.

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« Reply #87 on: 05/07/2020 07:38 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1258435823906717697

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Despite COVID-19 and a lack of public activity, I'm hearing that Blue Origin is still targeting a New Shepard flight with humans before the end of 2020. What is taking so long? They're addressing a lot of little issues to ensure the safety of the vehicle. No word on prices yet.

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« Reply #88 on: 09/18/2020 03:54 pm »
https://twitter.com/space_explored/status/1292847356401070081

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Source: Blue Origin targeting September for 1st New Shepard sub-orbital flight of 2020 spaceexplored.com/2020/08/10/blu… by @apollozac

Articles now says Sep 23rd.
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« Reply #89 on: 10/14/2020 08:02 pm »
Many of the promising technologies announced today will fly on New Sheppard:

Quote from: Jim Morhard
@NASA is once again pushing the envelope of what is possible, selecting and funding over 30 technological applications across industry and academia to test on commercial suborbital flights. Read about the new tech here:

https://www.nasa.gov/features/nasa-selects-31-promising-space-technologies-for-commercial-flight-tests

https://twitter.com/jmorhard/status/1316429753608536067

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« Reply #90 on: 10/14/2020 08:14 pm »
NS seems to have picked lion share of suborbital experiments. Only one is using Virgon SpaceshipTwo.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #91 on: 11/03/2020 05:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1323687078362816513

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Blue Origin apparently updated this FCC filing for a New Shepard test flight between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=103494

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« Reply #92 on: 11/03/2020 05:32 pm »
Blue Origin has filed four permits, each starting a month apart, for New Shephard flights.  I don't really think that means they intend to start launching monthly.

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« Reply #93 on: 11/04/2020 01:32 pm »
Blue Origin has filed four permits, each starting a month apart, for New Shephard flights.  I don't really think that means they intend to start launching monthly.

Why not ?  Actually, has BO ever stated anything on their target turnaround time for New Shepard ?  How long does it take to refurbish this rocket, exactly ?
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« Reply #94 on: 12/07/2020 03:07 pm »
Licence application for next launch:

https://twitter.com/fccspace/status/1335977393320673282

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Purpose: This application is for one suborbital flight of the launch system which includes a b(...) https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=103741

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« Reply #95 on: 01/12/2021 07:10 pm »
Ben Hallert - @BocaRoad, @FCCSpace, @Spacecareers, @NASAProcurement, and @SpaceTFRs on Twitter

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« Reply #96 on: 01/14/2021 07:58 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1349822735703277577

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Scoop – Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin aims to fly first passengers to space as early as April:

The NS-14 mission was the 1st of 2 "stable configuration" flights, sources say, with the next targeted within six weeks and the first crewed flight six weeks after.

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/01/14/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-aims-to-fly-people-on-new-shepard-by-april.html
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« Reply #97 on: 01/21/2021 01:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1352263907252072448

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We'll have to wait for the FAA flight restrictions to find out when Blue Origin's next New Shepard launch window is, but this FCC license is for between April 1 and June 1:

via @FccSpace
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=104712

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« Reply #98 on: 02/23/2021 04:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1364237902490853378

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Scott Henderson of Blue Origin says during a Spaceport Summit panel that the first crewed New Shepard suborbital flight will be “later this year.” [I remember Jeff Bezos saying “this year” back in 2019…]

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« Reply #99 on: 03/09/2021 05:22 pm »
NASA, Blue Origin Partner to Bring Lunar Gravity Conditions Closer to Earth
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At one-sixth that of Earth, the unique gravity of the lunar surface is one of the many variable conditions that technologies bound for the Moon will need to perform well in. NASA will soon have more options for testing those innovations in lunar gravity thanks to a collaboration with Blue Origin to bring new testing capabilities to the company’s New Shepard reusable suborbital rocket system.

Currently, NASA can approximate the Moon’s gravity on parabolic flights and in centrifuges on suborbital vehicles – both invaluable options for maturing promising innovations. But these methods provide only seconds of lunar gravity exposure at a time or limit the payload size, compelling NASA to explore longer-duration and larger size options. Blue Origin’s new lunar gravity testing capability – projected to be available in late 2022 – is answering that need.

New Shepard’s upgrades will allow the vehicle to use its reaction control system to impart a rotation on the capsule. As a result, the entire capsule essentially acts as a large centrifuge to create artificial gravity environments for the payloads inside. Blue Origin’s first flight of this capability will target 11 rotations per minute to provide more than two minutes of continuous lunar gravity, exposing the technologies to this challenging but difficult-to-test condition. 

This new capability is made possible with the help of development funding and early purchase of payload space by NASA as part of its strategic investment in the U.S. spaceflight industry. The lunar gravity simulation will enable the agency to test and de-risk innovations critical to achieving the goals of the Artemis program, as well as lunar surface exploration and Moon-bound commercial applications.

“NASA is pleased to be among the first customers to take advantage of this new capability,” said Christopher Baker, program executive for the Flight Opportunities program at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “One of the constant challenges with living and working in space is reduced gravity. Many systems designed for use on Earth simply do not work the same elsewhere. A wide range of tools we need for the Moon and Mars could benefit from testing in partial gravity, including technologies for in-situ resource utilization, regolith mining, and environmental control and life support systems.”

New Shepard is currently among the commercial flight platforms available for technology flight testing contracted by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The program has helped mature hundreds of promising space-based technologies from NASA, industry, and academia by putting them through their paces on commercial suborbital vehicles before they move on to higher risk orbital missions – on CubeSats, the International Space Station, the Moon, or even Mars. New Shepard’s future lunar gravity capability will expand the suborbital flight test offerings not only for the company but for the Flight Opportunities program as well, adding to the specialized testing available for the technologies selected for testing by the program each year.

“Humanity has been dreaming about artificial gravity since the earliest days of spaceflight,” said Erika Wagner, PhD, New Shepard director of payloads at Blue Origin. “It’s exciting to be partnering with NASA to create this one-of-a-kind capability to explore the science and technology we will need for future human space exploration.”

About Flight Opportunities

The Flight Opportunities program is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and managed at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley manages the solicitation and evaluation of technologies to be tested and demonstrated on commercial flight vehicles.
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/feature/nasa-blue-origin-to-bring-lunar-gravity-conditions-closer-to-earth.html
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« Reply #100 on: 03/16/2021 02:47 pm »
Seems that testing "environmental control and life support systems" (ECLSS) with artificial gravity (AG) on New Shepard might not only be useful for Moon and Mars habitats but also for a LEO station that has an AG ring or module.

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« Reply #101 on: 03/16/2021 04:16 pm »
In theory Dragon, Starliner and Cygnus could also use same trick to produce artifical gravity but for lot longer. RCS fuel is likely to be limiting factor.

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« Reply #102 on: 03/16/2021 07:11 pm »
In theory Dragon, Starliner and Cygnus could also use same trick to produce artifical gravity but for lot longer. RCS fuel is likely to be limiting factor.

Would RCS fuel be a major factor? You need to use some to spin up, and then more to spin down later, but how long you're spinning for shouldn't substantially affect things.

And of course, Dragon 2 has substantially more RCS fuel than any other capsule/vehicle, since that fuel is shared with the Launch Escape System but if you're in space you don't need LES anymore.

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« Reply #103 on: 03/16/2021 09:36 pm »
Cygnus would be a good candidate for longer experiments with artificial gravity as it is designed to burn up anyway and has done many post-ISS missions before re-entry. Any orbital experiments are going to be more expensive than suborbital ones. And parabolic aircraft experiments much cheaper then again. I suppose the it depends on what experiment needs to be done and which is the cheapest way to get the same results. All these methods are different niches. Something like a long-term study on the effects of partial gravity on the reproduction of mice would probably be much more suited to an orbital mission even though the costs are exponentially higher.
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« Reply #104 on: 03/16/2021 10:53 pm »
In theory Dragon, Starliner and Cygnus could also use same trick to produce artifical gravity but for lot longer. RCS fuel is likely to be limiting factor.

Would RCS fuel be a major factor? You need to use some to spin up, and then more to spin down later, but how long you're spinning for shouldn't substantially affect things.

And of course, Dragon 2 has substantially more RCS fuel than any other capsule/vehicle, since that fuel is shared with the Launch Escape System but if you're in space you don't need LES anymore.
I'm guessing will need minor corrections every so often with RCS. Unless perfectly balance likely to wobble over time.

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« Reply #105 on: 04/14/2021 06:31 pm »


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Take a tour of Launch Site One, nestled in the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas, where astronauts will fly to space and back onboard New Shepard.



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Blue Origin has been flight testing the New Shepard rocket and its redundant safety systems since 2012. The program has completed 15 consecutive successful missions, including three successful tests of the crew escape system, showing it can activate safely in any phase of flight.



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CrewMember 7 is a unique role at Blue Origin. There are two assigned to each astronaut flight for New Shepard—one is embedded with the astronauts to help them ingress and egress the capsule while the other serves as Capsule Communications (CAPCOM) during the flight. Learn more about their unique and important role in astronaut training and flight operations at Blue Origin.

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« Reply #106 on: 04/14/2021 07:15 pm »
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Thanks Michael. I had a great time training this past week and going up the tower. So close to first crewed flight.

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« Reply #107 on: 04/15/2021 12:39 am »
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Jeff Bezos thinks Blue Origin is ready to launch passengers to space on its New Shepard rocket:

“It’s time,” @JeffBezos said on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqoqJBHSUU/

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« Reply #108 on: 06/22/2021 02:28 pm »
https://twitter.com/b0yle/status/1407335747204661249

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This suggests @blueorigin may be aiming to move relatively quickly from its first crewed suborbital spaceflight to the second one.

twitter.com/fccspace/status/1407332597051625475

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Applicant: Blue Origin Texas, LLC
Dates: 08/01/2021-10/01/2021
Purpose: This application is for one suborbital flight of the launch system which includes a b(...) https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=107251

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« Reply #109 on: 06/22/2021 02:58 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1407352078297702401

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A Blue Origin spokesperson says the below FCC application is for New Shepard's next dedicated payload mission (not the first crewed flight, NS-16).

The Aug 1 to Oct 1 schedule range is also not a launch window, as the application is "procedural at this point."

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« Reply #110 on: 07/01/2021 02:21 pm »
From SlashGear: Blue Origin is giving Mercury 13 pilot Wally Funk her long-overdue trip to space

https://www.slashgear.com/blue-origin-is-giving-mercury-13-pilot-wally-funk-her-long-overdue-trip-to-space-01680703/

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« Reply #111 on: 07/16/2021 06:52 am »
Here’s the revised FAA licence that permits flying crew and spaceflight participants.

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« Reply #112 on: 07/20/2021 06:28 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1417519441332473856

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Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin sales of tourist spaceflights on New Shepard are "approaching $100 million" already:

"The demand is very, very high."

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/20/blue-origin-jeff-bezos-launch-watch-video-stream-live-updates.html

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« Reply #113 on: 09/01/2021 04:26 am »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1432772741166403594

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Blue Origin is looking to hire a Principal System Architect for New Shepard, "for a portfolio of complex projects to upgrade the" system "or develop new systems derived" from the rocket.

Qualifications include 15 years of experience:
https://blueorigin.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/BlueOrigin/job/Kent-WA/Principal-System-Architect--New-Shepard_R9727

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« Reply #114 on: 09/17/2021 05:52 am »
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1438621497648549909

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Blue's Ariane Cornell is doing a live event on Twitch and you can ask questions in chat!

twitch.tv/dasvaldez

twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1438632757354110977

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Ariane: Demand of the market will determine New Shepard's flight rate. Auction demonstrated there is strong demand.

https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1438635601998221315

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Ariane: New Shepard refurbishment entails inspections, possible replacement of landing leg crush portion, repack chutes, and possible touchups on the capsule.

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« Reply #115 on: 02/19/2022 04:21 pm »
https://spacenews.com/blue-origin-to-increase-new-shepard-launches-in-2022/

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Blue Origin to increase New Shepard launches in 2022
by Jeff Foust — February 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin expects to more than double the number of people it flies on its New Shepard suborbital system this year while adding another vehicle to its fleet.

In a presentation at the 24th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference Feb. 17, Bob Smith, chief executive of Blue Origin, said the company saw “very robust” demand for those suborbital flights that the company is now working to meet.

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« Reply #117 on: 03/04/2022 12:04 am »
Pete Davidson is negotiating a deal to fly later this year.

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« Reply #118 on: 05/10/2022 03:32 pm »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1524042589166620674

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Ken Griffin, billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, last night won a Blue Origin "buy one give one" New Shepard spaceflight seat auction for $8 million.

Griffin will not fly himself, so two NYC teachers will be selected for the seats: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/10/ken-griffin-wins-8-million-bezos-spaceflight-auction-donating-seats.html

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« Reply #119 on: 06/13/2022 01:46 pm »
https://twitter.com/jenekuns/status/1535651772458762240

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I have a headache after spending 30 minutes looking at scam transactions, but we know now that MoonDAO spent $2,575,000 on the 2 New Shepard seats. There was a fee for the transfer, but a good estimate for the current seat cost is 1.25 mil.

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« Reply #120 on: 07/11/2022 02:15 pm »
twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1546496491073699841

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I'm not entirely sure about the validity of this, but the $1.25 million cost for a New Shepard seat in 2022 is consistent with what I've heard from other sources.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1546496607977349120

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Also. Blue Origin did confirm the purchase of seats by MoonDAO in April.

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« Reply #121 on: 10/08/2022 07:11 am »
Great work by Harry:

twitter.com/harry__stranger/status/1578372156257280002

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I've moved my map of New Shepard capsule touchdown positions over to @felt due to it providing a much more user-friendly and smooth experience (including on mobile!): https://felt.com/map/Blue-Origins-Corn-Ranch-hDmTaXM4TAuo6iLj7KPAEB

Let me know what you think!

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« Reply #122 on: 10/27/2022 05:11 pm »
https://twitter.com/arbowe/status/1585632583563345922

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I’m going to space!

As the first Black woman confirmed to fly with @BlueOrigin on #NewShepard, I am expected to be the sixth Black woman to cross the Kármán line – the internationally recognized boundary of space!

twitter.com/arbowe/status/1585632588697591808

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This mission comes 30 years after former @nasa astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to travel to space in 1992. Since then, there are only four other Black women who carry that distinction:

https://twitter.com/arbowe/status/1585632590475669505

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NASA astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Joan Higginbotham, Jessica Watkins and Dr. Sian Proctor of  the SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission.

I am honored to follow the footsteps of these incredible woman.  I can’t wait to fly on a future flight of @BlueOrigin’s #NewShepard.

#blueorigin

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« Reply #123 on: 10/27/2022 06:23 pm »
The loss of PM 3 on NS-23 does not seem to have negatively impacted New Shepard getting new customers, nor dissuading repeat customers.

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« Reply #124 on: 10/27/2022 09:19 pm »
The loss of PM 3 on NS-23 does not seem to have negatively impacted New Shepard getting new customers, nor dissuading repeat customers.
Not surprising as LAS proved itself.

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« Reply #125 on: 11/09/2022 09:59 pm »
Update on failure investigation:

https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1590477667089887232

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During this, Audrey Powers said Blue Origin expects to finish its technical review in December of its New Shepard rocket failure. They do not expect to fly again until ‘23. She added the company would discuss its findings publicly after completing FAA's return to flight process.

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« Reply #126 on: 11/16/2022 01:21 am »
Another of the employee focus videos that has some interesting looks at New Shepard hardware.




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« Reply #127 on: 11/16/2022 01:29 am »
Does anyone know if the hardware seen of the tank and aft module are for NS5 and 6 or is this leftover development hardware?


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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #128 on: 11/28/2022 03:45 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1597267439154495488

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Application for New Shepard's next suborbital hop for early next year. Still no word on the anomaly with the previous booster.

twitter.com/fccspace/status/1597220063731679233

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License granted: Blue Origin Texas, LLC
Dates: 02/01/2023-04/01/2023
Purpose: This application is for one suborbital flight of the launch system which includes a b(...)
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=119568

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #129 on: 01/03/2023 03:52 pm »
Hmm, dates on this are today and next two days. RTF test?!

[Edit: Doh! Forgot to read as US date format, so March to May, not now]

https://twitter.com/fccspace/status/1610262250324955138

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License granted: Blue Origin Texas, LLC
Dates: 03/01/2023-05/01/2023
Purpose: This application is for one suborbital flight of the launch system which includes a b(...)

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=120028
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #130 on: 01/03/2023 04:39 pm »
I read it as march 1 till may 1st

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #131 on: 01/03/2023 04:40 pm »
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/ViewGrant.cfm?id_file_num=1974-EX-ST-2022&application_seq=120028

Grant for File Number: 1974-EX-ST-2022

"(3) This STA is limited to launch vehicle communications for the telemetry transmissions
and reception, no earlier than 1 March 2023, to support a single suborbital fight and
supporting pre-flight and post-landing checkouts on the ground of the New Shepard
space launch booster and capsule. This STA will expire as soon as the launch has
been completed or 1 May 2023, whichever occurs first. Applications for any future
launches, or modifications to this STA, shall be submitted to the FCC for
coordination with NTIA and federal agencies."
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #132 on: 01/06/2023 08:50 am »
A reminder that this is an UPDATES only thread. Several posts have been moved to the companion Discussion thread.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #133 on: 01/25/2023 02:49 pm »
twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1618271818845982722

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Lauren Sánchez says she plans to lead an all-female flight on Blue Origin's New Shepard in early 2024:

“It’s going to be women who are making a difference in the world and who are impactful and have a message to send."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lauren-sanchez-interview-jeff-bezos-11674587199

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Sánchez: "I’m super excited about it. And a little nervous. I’ve wanted to be in the rocket from the jump, so [Bezos] is excited to make this happen with all of these women. It’s funny what he said the other day: 'Fly fast; take chances.' That’s his motto."

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #134 on: 02/28/2023 02:59 pm »
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Gary Lai of Blue Origin kicks off his #NSRC2023 talk by mentioning he was at the first NSRC in 2010, the first public talk by the company about its plans for New Shepard. I wrote about talk with a headline "Blue is a little less black": thespacereview.com/article/1570/1

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Lai, chief architect of New Shepard, flew on NS-20 last year. "I learned things on that flight," he said, lessons he said he is applying to the New Shepard program. #NSRC2023

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Lai: we expect suborbital tourism to dominate New Shepard flights in the future; keep dedicated payload flights at a couple a year. Will offer some new services, like flying payloads on the propulsion module, even on tourism flights. #NSRC2023

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Lai: We are still investigating the anomaly on the NS-23 flight last September. We will get to the bottom of it, but no specific timelines on resuming New Shepard flights. #NSRC2023
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #135 on: 02/28/2023 03:04 pm »
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Lai: the acceleration profile of the capsule during the NS-23 abort matched what was predicted and what astronauts trained for. Need to differentiate between transient and sustained accelerations [given reports of up to 15g's during the abort.] #NSRC2023

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Lai: working on an upgrade program for New Shepard, but changes would not be noticeable to customers. Focus will be on the ability to turn the vehicle around quickly between flights. #NSRC2023

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #136 on: 03/15/2023 07:11 pm »
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Cornell: we continue to sign up customers for New Shepard. Some have even asked to fly an "escape" mission using escape motor. "We have politely declined."

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #137 on: 03/15/2023 07:13 pm »
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Cornell: "I'm not sure if we're going to release the details" of the NS-23 investigation, "it's something that we have to coordinate with the FAA."

"We are looking to get back into flight with New Shepard by the end of this year."

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #138 on: 04/25/2023 03:59 pm »
I have seen that the twitter account of Alan Stern lists him as suborbital astronaut. Has he booked a flight on NS ?

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #139 on: 04/25/2023 04:07 pm »
I have seen that the twitter account of Alan Stern lists him as suborbital astronaut. Has he booked a flight on NS ?
No, he was selected for a NASA scientific mission on SpaceShipTwo. I am not sure what the current status of this program is.

https://www.space.com/virgin-galactic-alan-stern-suborbital-flight

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #140 on: 04/25/2023 10:42 pm »
There's nothing that would prevent that particular flight being switched from SS2 to NS or being amended so Dr. Stern could fly on both spacecraft.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #141 on: 05/03/2023 10:47 pm »
Tobacia Brothers story with views of New Shepard hardware inside the Kent factory. Note the (blurry in the background) BE-4 in the BE-4 assembly stand in the fifth screencap.



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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #142 on: 06/06/2023 08:51 am »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1666001066020806656

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At the #FTSpace event this morning, Blue Origin's Bob Smith says New Shepard should be ready to return to flight "in the next few weeks" as the company finishes up work with FAA, nine months after an in-flight anomaly.

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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #143 on: 06/06/2023 03:01 pm »
SpaceNews article:

https://spacenews.com/blue-origin-within-a-few-weeks-of-resuming-new-shepard-flights/

"Speaking at the Financial Times’ “Investing in Space” event June 6, Blue Origin Chief Executive Bob Smith said the company was on the verge of resuming New Shepard launches, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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We knew very soon after the event what exactly happened,” Smith said, saying that the company has been “working through with the FAA on the process by which we go back to flight.”

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“We’re now dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s to get through that, as well as getting our system ready to go fly again,” Smith said. “New Shepard, from that standpoint, should be ready to go fly within the next few weeks.

The mishap and the hiatus in launches has not affected demand for space tourism flights on the vehicle, with new customers having signed up in the last nine months. “People saw a very safe system,” he said, with “a real abort scenario where the capsule came down fine and was ready to go the next day.”
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #144 on: 09/12/2023 01:55 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1701581621810307126

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Blue Origin is working toward flying its New Shepard spacecraft early next month for the first time since an in-flight failure a year ago.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2023/09/a-year-after-new-shepards-accident-blue-origin-may-return-to-flight-next-month/

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The company's tentative plans call for an uncrewed test flight to occur in early October. If all goes well, Blue Origin is then planning its first crewed mission since August 4, 2022, to take place in mid-February of next year.
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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #145 on: 09/13/2023 08:02 pm »
I think there's something to it since we're seeing a bunch of New Shepard videos being suddenly uploaded and reuploaded to YouTube with a new transcript format:






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Re: New Shepard UPDATES thread
« Reply #146 on: 12/12/2023 04:18 pm »
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We’re targeting a launch window that opens on Dec. 18 for our next New Shepard payload mission. #NS24 will carry 33 science and research payloads as well as 38,000 @clubforfuture postcards to space. #FortheBenefitofEarth

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