#NewShepard is on the pad going through nominal checkouts in advance of today’s flight to space. The #NS23 launch window opens at 8:30 AM CDT / 13:30 UTC. The live webcast starts T-20 minutes to launch on BlueOrigin.com.
#NS23 has 36 payloads on board, many of which are testing important science that will benefit our future life in space for the benefit of Earth. A thread about some of the symbolism embedded in the mission patch:
The colors 🎨 signify @UF’s BISS payload that explores space travel’s effect on plants.
The plant roots 🌱 represent @SpaceLabTech’s LilyPond hydroponics system that tests watering crops in space.
The lightning bolts ⚡ exemplify @UCF’s ERIE experiment which evaluates the behavior of particles that obtain charge in space.
The yellow hexagon symbolizes @Honeybee_Ltd’s ASSET-1 payload that studies planetary soil strength.
New Shepard continues to be in a hold at T-15 mins, but here's Nick Patrick - flight director at Blue - who flew on STS-116 (Discovery) and STS-130 (Endeavour).youtube.com/watch?v=SqAVWv…
#NS23 countdown has resumed. New launch time is 9:01 AM CDT / 14:01 UTC.
New Shepard launches on an uncrewed suborbital flight.Overview:nasaspaceflight.com/2022/09/new-sh… - by Justin Davenport.Livestream:youtube.com/watch?v=SqAVWv…
ABORT! New Shepard failed during first stage ascent. No crew on board.
Main chutes out. Blue Origin gets an unplanned test of its escape system.
Couldn’t tell if the booster fell back and RUD’ed on the ground, or it continued to thrust upward.