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Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« on: 04/01/2016 07:47 PM »
And they are off again tomorrow.

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Working to fly again tomorrow. Same vehicle. Third time. #LaunchLandRepeat @BlueOrigin

https://mobile.twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/715984864323842049

Same vehicle third time.

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Pushing the envelope. Restarting BE-3 fast @ high thrust, just 3600 ft from ground. Impact in 6 sec if engine doesn’t restart & ramp fast.

Also, a new more efficient RCS algorithm on the Crew Capsule. Big performance win if it works. #LaunchLandRepeat @BlueOrigin

We’ll have drone cameras in the air and hopefully will get good aerial footage to share. #LaunchLandRepeat @BlueOrigin
« Last Edit: 04/01/2016 07:52 PM by Star One »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2016 07:55 PM »
Pushing the envelope. Restarting BE-3 fast @ high thrust, just 3600 ft from ground. Impact in 6 sec if engine doesn’t restart & ramp fast.
Wow, that's a high terminal velocity, i thought the drag brakes are doing more.
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #2 on: 04/01/2016 08:03 PM »
One thing I love about this place is I just saw the tweet and rushed on to start a thread....but it's already started! ;D

Let's hope we get some timely info and not wait half a day for some flashy video production!

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #3 on: 04/01/2016 08:30 PM »
One thing I love about this place is I just saw the tweet and rushed on to start a thread....but it's already started! ;D

Let's hope we get some timely info and not wait half a day for some flashy video production!

Spot the Jeff Bezos Twitter follower.;)

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #4 on: 04/01/2016 08:39 PM »
One thing I love about this place is I just saw the tweet and rushed on to start a thread....but it's already started! ;D

Let's hope we get some timely info and not wait half a day for some flashy video production!

Let us also hope it's not an April fools joke!

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #5 on: 04/01/2016 08:39 PM »
Pushing the envelope. Restarting BE-3 fast @ high thrust, just 3600 ft from ground. Impact in 6 sec if engine doesn’t restart & ramp fast.
Wow, that's a high terminal velocity, i thought the drag brakes are doing more.

Yeah -- 600 fps!  That's faster than terminal velocity isn't it?
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #6 on: 04/01/2016 09:19 PM »
Yeah -- 600 fps!  That's faster than terminal velocity isn't it?

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #7 on: 04/01/2016 09:44 PM »
Yeah -- 600 fps!  That's faster than terminal velocity isn't it?

Not if you're a lawn dart.

That's just above Mach 0.5.  There is no guarantee that is terminal velocity, it might still be slowing down when the light the engine.

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #8 on: 04/01/2016 09:48 PM »
Given that terminal velocity decreases with altitude due to increasing atmospheric density, no falling object will ever truly reach terminal velocity.  It will always be a little faster, though not necessarily by much.
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #9 on: 04/01/2016 10:21 PM »
this video came out today,  don't know if this experiment is on today's or a future flight.

Collisions Into Dust Experiment (COLLIDE)

Published on Apr 1, 2016
A University of Central Florida experiment designed to mimic impacts between objects in microgravity is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Joshua Colwell



Updated 4/5/16: YouTube Link change
« Last Edit: 04/06/2016 12:56 AM by catdlr »
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #10 on: 04/01/2016 10:25 PM »
Box of Rocks Experiment (BORE)

Published on Apr 1, 2016

A Southwest Research Institute experiment designed to better understand the rocky soil on small, near-Earth asteroids is flying aboard the next flight of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle. Principal Investigator: Dr. Dan Durda



Confirmed that BORE and COLLIDE are flying on tomorrow's flight:

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Two university microgravity experiments on tomorrow’s @blueorigin flight. Short vids: http://bit.ly/22WxaDK   http://bit.ly/25BC5bV
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #11 on: 04/01/2016 11:15 PM »
Yeah -- 600 fps!  That's faster than terminal velocity isn't it?

Not if you're a lawn dart.

That's just above Mach 0.5.  There is no guarantee that is terminal velocity, it might still be slowing down when the light the engine.
Not again....

And it's in fps...   180 m/s sounds better?

Remember it's a much smaller vehicle than F9.
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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #12 on: 04/02/2016 01:34 PM »
 I can't find the launch time for the first New Shepard or the PM-2 flights, but the second and third NS flights were at 11:15 and 11:21 central time respectively; that should give a good idea when to expect this next test.
« Last Edit: 04/02/2016 04:13 PM by Kryten »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #13 on: 04/02/2016 02:32 PM »
Morning flight is what Jeff is tweeting (pulling an Elon and taking the lead on company updates):

Check out @JeffBezos's Tweet: https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/716271176905940992?s=09
« Last Edit: 04/02/2016 02:33 PM by GWH »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #14 on: 04/02/2016 02:37 PM »
Full tweet and image;
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Readying Crew Capsule for flt. Clear skies in TX.
Tracking for morning launch. #LaunchLandRepeat @BlueOrigin
Note the serial number, CC 1.3; it heavily implies that they haven't been using the same crew capsule for all of these tests.
EDIT: Or not. Second image from second tweet shows use of this capsule for the pad abort test and three previous NS flights.
« Last Edit: 04/02/2016 02:47 PM by Kryten »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #15 on: 04/02/2016 02:39 PM »
Crew Capsule is locked & ready for flt. Tortoises mark successful CC missions.

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« Last Edit: 04/02/2016 02:42 PM by Bargemanos »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #16 on: 04/02/2016 03:20 PM »
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Liftoff and New Shepard is climbing to apogee. @BlueOrigin

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #17 on: 04/02/2016 03:27 PM »
Success!

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Flawless BE-3 restart and perfect booster landing. CC chutes
deployed.

https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/716285758382809088

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CC touchdown confirmed. #LaunchLandRepeat

https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/716286175233777664
« Last Edit: 04/02/2016 03:30 PM by topsphere »

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #18 on: 04/02/2016 03:33 PM »
Excellent. Now we wait for some photos, facts and video!

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Re: Blue Origin Fourth Developmental Flight
« Reply #19 on: 04/02/2016 03:35 PM »
can't wait to see the stability of the stage at landing, how it will be in hoovering mode.

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