Blue Origin is GO for New Shepard launch
Blue Origin has cleared its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft to launch the corporate’s first astronaut flight, NS-16, a mission that may carry billionaire Jeff Bezos and three others to suborbital area and again on Tuesday, July 20. Liftoff is about for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).
“The automobile is able to fly,” mentioned Chris Yeager, Blue Origin’s chief engineer for New Shepard, in a prelaunch press convention. There are not any technical points with the spacecraft, he added.
Blue Origin expects a slight probability of rain early on launch day, however the climate seems like it’ll clear in time for the deliberate launch. The corporate will start its launch day webcast at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT). You possibly can watch that on this web page, on Space.com here and via BlueOrigin.com.
Blue Origin’s upcoming launch, which it has known as the First Human Flight, will launch Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Mercury 13 aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemon to an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), the place they may expertise 3-4 minutes of weightlessness earlier than returning to Earth of their area capsule. They may land within the West Texas desert to be retrieved by a restoration group.
The passengers are staying in Blue Origin’s “astronaut village,” the place they’re present process 14 hours of preflight coaching over two days to arrange themselves for the spaceflight.
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Blue Origin’s prelaunch press convention for its July 20 First Human Flight is stay now. You possibly can watch it within the window above, here on Space.com, here at BlueOrigin.com and here on YouTube. — Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief
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Blue Origin will maintain a press convention at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) immediately to preview the corporate’s first astronaut launch on July 20. The press convention can be webcast on BlueOrigin.com, the corporate’s web site.
On Tuesday, the 52nd anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon touchdown, Blue Origin will launch its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on a suborbital spaceflight from the corporate’s Launch Website One in West Texas close to Van Horn. Flying with Bezos can be his brother Mark, Mercury 13 aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old physics pupil Oliver Daemon. Liftoff is at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).
The 4 astronauts-to-be met apparently gathered collectively on Saturday to view their New Shepard rocket and area capsule in a gathering Jeff Bezos shared on Instagram. Funk, 82, and Daemon, 18, will set new data for the oldest and youngest folks in area after they launch, as Elizabeth Howell reports today for Space.com.
“That is my window!” Funk exclaimed as they examined the rocket and wore matching cowboy hats.
— Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief
Blue Origin is three days away from making historical past with its first astronaut launch, which can launch the corporate’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three different passengers on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
The mission, which can launch on Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket and area capsule, will elevate off from the corporate’s Launch Website One in West Texas close to Van Horn at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), and sure, there will be a webcast. It ought to begin at about 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) and canopy the crew’s walkout to the rocket and different prelaunch actions. You possibly can watch it on House.com and on BlueOrigin.com.
Blue Origin will maintain a prelaunch information convention on Sunday (July 18) at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) to debate particulars of the launch. That can be webcast on BlueOrigin.com and simulcast right here on House.com if potential.
House.com will supply stay updates of the mission right here on launch day (which occurs to be the 52nd anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon touchdown), in addition to over the subsequent few days main as much as the launch.
This mission has been a long-time coming for Blue Origin, which Bezos based in 2000. The corporate has flown 15 uncrewed check flights of its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft, culminating in an “astronaut rehearsal” flight in April 2021. The corporate needs to fly paying passengers (and scientists with experiments, too) on journeys to suborbital area that fly larger than 62 miles (100 kilometers).
Infographic: How Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket works
To boost consciousness for its First Human Spaceflight, Blue Origin held a public public sale for a seat on the flight, which was won by an anonymous bidder for $28 million. Through the public sale, Blue Origin introduced that Bezos, his brother and Funk can be on the flight.
However 5 days earlier than launch, Blue Origin introduced that the public sale winner had opted out of the launch, citing schedule conflicts. As an alternative, Daemon joined the crew as his father Joes Daemon had submitted the second-highest bid within the public sale. The quantity has not been disclosed.
As we put together for Blue Origin’s press convention on Saturday, this is a couple of movies on the upcoming mission from Jeff Bezos, Wally Funk and the corporate to tide you over. — Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief