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« Last Edit: 12/10/2017 12:39 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #1 on: 09/13/2017 06:54 AM »
An update:
http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-enlarges-new-glenns-payload-fairing-preparing-to-debut-upgraded-new-shepard/

The NS for this flight has some differences from the last one:

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The third New Shepard has modifications for improved reusability, he said, such as access panels that enable more rapid servicing in between flights. Blue Origin is also trying to improve New Shepard’s thermal protection.

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Another major difference between the second and third versions include real capsule windows, Mowry said — the ones on version two were painted.

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #2 on: 10/25/2017 09:30 PM »
Blue Origin still saying flight is this year:

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Gunderson: we’ll be launching the human-rated version of New Shepard starting later this year. Intend to be flying people next yr. #vonbraun

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/923282708842909698

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #3 on: 10/26/2017 05:24 AM »
It has already been over a year since the last flight (Oct 5, 2016), so hopefully they can get back in the saddle soon.

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #4 on: 12/07/2017 03:30 AM »
If New Shepard flight 7 is truly going to fly by the end of the year they’ve got 25 days to do it. Any indications or rumors of a flight being prepped? I just checked the NOTAMS page and found nothing from Albuquerque put out regarding spaceflight activity yet.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #5 on: 12/07/2017 03:51 AM »
If New Shepard flight 7 is truly going to fly by the end of the year they’ve got 25 days to do it. Any indications or rumors of a flight being prepped? I just checked the NOTAMS page and found nothing from Albuquerque put out regarding spaceflight activity yet.

There are indeed some rumors. User anthonycolangelo is the host of the Main Engine Cutoff podcast and is known to have connections in the industry.

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #6 on: 12/09/2017 09:52 PM »
And we have some dates - from December 11, 2017 to December 14, 2017 UTC
http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_2605.html

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #8 on: 12/10/2017 02:46 AM »
This is another unmanned test flight?
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« Last Edit: 12/10/2017 06:01 AM by Svetoslav »

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Re: New Shepherd - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #10 on: 12/10/2017 08:59 AM »
This is another unmanned test flight?
Given it is first flight of this capsule most likely unmanned.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #11 on: 12/10/2017 09:14 AM »
This is another unmanned test flight?
Given it is first flight of this capsule most likely unmanned.
Definitely unmanned. In October this year, BO CEO B. Smith said, that they are going to launch people to space in 18 months. I don't know if he was talking about tourists or test pilots, but looks like NET early 2019. I also heard the booster, which will launch this (7th) mission, will not launch people. BO is making another NS booster for manned flights.
Btw. this thread should be named New Shepard, not New Shepherd.
« Last Edit: 12/10/2017 09:14 AM by ketivab »

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #12 on: 12/10/2017 02:18 PM »
Here is the FAA issued TFR as denoted by the light orange circle.

Active time is 0830-1500 CST on Dec 11 from the surface to 99,900 feet AGL.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #13 on: 12/10/2017 07:38 PM »
Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
An FAA notice to airmen filed late today reserves airspace above Blue Origin’s West Texas test site “to provide a safe environment for rocket launch and recovery” starting Monday: http://bit.ly/2iILigF  (h/t @Leo_Spaceman_MD)

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/939645447894945793
 
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This would suggest Blue Origin is ready to resume New Shepard suborbital test flights, with new vehicles, after a hiatus of more than a year.
6:59 PM - Dec 9, 2017

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/939645661372395520

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #14 on: 12/10/2017 10:44 PM »
No live webcast expected for this one I'm told. :(

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #15 on: 12/11/2017 04:41 PM »
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Report is #BlueOrigin #NewShepard launch set for 1 p.m. EST out of West Texas. Good luck!

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #16 on: 12/11/2017 04:52 PM »
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#BlueOrigin #NewShepard flight pushed back 1 hour to 2 p.m. EST.

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Re: New Shepard - 7th test flight - Q4 2017
« Reply #17 on: 12/11/2017 06:05 PM »
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#BlueOrigin #NewShepard scrubbed for the day. Reason unclear at the moment.

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