What is Blue Origin’s New Shepherd?

Blue Origin's New Shepherd.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard is a crew-rated vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL) suborbital launch vehicle being developed as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. Blue Origin is owned and led by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and former CEO.

Replay – New Shepard First Human Flight

Named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, who was the first American to travel into space, New Shepard is a reusable suborbital rocket system that will transport astronauts and research payloads beyond the Kármán line, which is the internationally recognised boundary between space and Earth. Whether you are an astronaut flying with Blue Origin or a spacecraft carrying a payload to the International Space Station, your 11-minute flight on New Shepard will be an unforgettable experience.

On 23 November 2015, the suborbital New Shepard booster successfully performed a powered vertical soft landing after reaching 100.5 kilometres (62.4 miles) altitude (outer space), the first time a suborbital booster rocket returned from space with a successful vertical landing. The test programme continued in 2016 and 2017, with four additional test flights conducted in 2016 using the same vehicle (NS-2) and the first test flight conducted in 2017 using the new NS-3 vehicle.

Blue Origin originally planned to conduct its first crewed test flight in 2019, but was delayed until 2021, and has since announced that tickets for commercial flights of up to six people would begin to be sold. The inaugural passenger flew on 20 July 2021 after bidding $28 million for the seat; however, this auction passenger later dropped out, and 17-year-old Oliver Daemen was chosen to fly.

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