Launch preparations are underway for New Shepard’s 8th test flight, as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight. Currently targeting Sunday 4/29 with launch window opening up at 830am CDT. Livestream info to come. @BlueOrigin #GradatimFerociter
Is this the first time they're livestreaming the launch as opposed to their usual norm of showing a video after the fact? I feel like they're starting to really build up more PR in preparation for NG in a couple years......snip...
Quote from: Inoeth on 04/27/2018 03:36 pmIs this the first time they're livestreaming the launch as opposed to their usual norm of showing a video after the fact? I feel like they're starting to really build up more PR in preparation for NG in a couple years......snip...I recall that the inflight abort test was live.
Launch preparations are underway for New Shepard’s 8th test flight, as we continue our progress toward human spaceflight. We are currently targeting launch on Sunday, April 29th – with the launch window opening up at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Livestream will be available on BlueOrigin.com, more info to come. -Gradatim Ferociter!
Apr 27, 2018PAYLOAD CUSTOMERS ON NEW SHEPARD’S 8TH TEST FLIGHTMission 8 welcomes our second round of commercial payloads on board New Shepard for in-space science and technology demonstrations. These payloads represent a range of users, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center to a small commercial communications firm, as well as our first European customers, funded by the German national space agency, DLR. Each of the payloads has been outfitted with a custom Blue Origin Payload Locker to provide structural, power, and data interfaces throughout the flight.Below are some of the payload customers that are flying with us on Mission 8:Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2 (SFEM-2)NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas)NASA’s Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2, or SFEM-2, was designed to characterize payload test environments in support of the NASA Flight Opportunities program and other payload initiatives. The sensor suite collects cabin environmental data (CO2, pressure, acceleration, acoustics) and also tests components for future flights on NASA’s Orion capsule.Schmitt Space Communicator (SC-1x)Solstar (Santa Fe, NM), developed with private fundingThe Schmitt Space Communicator, named after Solstar advisor and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, is a technology demo to test the concept of providing commercial Wi-Fi access to in-space users. This flight test is being conducted with support from NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program.DaphniaUniversity of Bayreuth with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLRThe Daphnia experiment investigates the effects of microgravity on gene expression and the cytoskeleton of daphnia water fleas. This small invertebrate species is popular in design of future bioregenerative life support systems for human space exploration.EQUIPAGEOtto von Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany) with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLREQUIPAGE studies the motion of macroscopic rod shaped grains to validate physics models of these systems under microgravity conditions. Such “granular gases” allow researchers to study a unique state far from equilibrium and not possible in normal Earth environments.EUPHORIEUniversity of Duisburg-Essen with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLREUPHORIE uses a laser to examine the phenomenon of photophoresis, the interaction of light on solid particles suspended in a gas. As the laser heats one side of such particles, it warms nearby gas molecules and accelerates the particle towards its cooler side. This research has applications to the study of early solar system evolution and meteorite formation.For more information on our payloads program, please visit https://www.blueorigin.com/payloads/.-Gradatim Ferociter!
Mannequin Skywalker is ready for his 2nd mission on board New Shepard. He’s a little sensitive about being called a “dummy”, as he will be conducting astronaut telemetry and science studies – a very important job!
What am I missing? Where is the video link. The Blue Origin website just has old clips. I guess they'll throw it up there at the last second?
@blueoriginCurrent liftoff target for New Shepard’s 8th test flight is 845am CDT tomorrow, 4/29. Livestream starts at T-15 mins on http://www.blueorigin.com
So they're saying there will be a live stream but will not provide a link to it before it begins? Is that right?