On August 26, 2021, Blue Origin successfully completed its 17th New Shepard mission to space and back for the program, and the 8th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle. The flight featured commercial and NASA-supported payloads on board, including a reflight of the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing (DDL) Sensor Demonstration under a NASA Tipping Point partnership. The DDL demonstration, which flew for the second time mounted on the exterior of New Shepard’s booster, tested technology designed to achieve high-accuracy landing for future Moon missions. This aims to enable long-term lunar exploration. Learn More: bit.ly/3k86ko6
Dr. John Carson is the Technical Integration Manager of Precision Landing within NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate and supports the NASA team collaborating on this Tipping Point project. He joined the NS-17 webcast to talk about the second flight of the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point partnership. Learn more about NS-17 here: bit.ly/3k86ko6
Replay of Blue Origin's post-flight press conference with New Shepard’s first astronaut crew. Participants included Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen. Ariane Cornell, Director of Astronaut Sales, emceed the event.
On July 20, Blue Origin successfully completed New Shepard’s first human flight with four private citizens onboard.
On Sunday, July 18, Blue Origin will host a pre-launch mission briefing live from Launch Site One in West Texas. The briefing will provide final details about the Tuesday, July 20, First Human Flight mission, including updates on vehicle readiness, flight and safety preparedness, and astronaut training.
Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight. Learn more: bit.ly/2Uk0SFp
On Saturday, June 12, Blue Origin concluded the online auction for the very first seat on New Shepard with a winning bid of $28 million. Nearly 7,600 people registered to bid from 159 countries. The winning bidder will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20, and will join Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos, and his brother, Mark. The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.
Auction bidding is already at $2.8 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries. Bidding is underway now at BlueOrigin.com and concludes with a live online auction on June 12th. Anyone interested in bidding in the live auction must register by June 10th. Registration details can be found at BlueOrigin.com. The winning bidder will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20th.
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#NewShepard has flown 15 successful consecutive missions to space and back above the Kármán Line through a meticulous and incremental flight program to test its multiple redundant safety systems. Now, it’s time for astronauts to climb onboard.
On July 20th, #NewShepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space. We are offering one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of our online auction. Starting today, anyone can place an opening bid by going to BlueOrigin.com. The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space. This seat will change how you see the world. #GradatimFerociter
It's Time. You can buy the very first seat on #NewShepard. Sign up to learn how at www.blueorigin.com. Details coming May 5th. #GradatimFerociter
Blue Origin successfully completed its 15th consecutive mission to space and back today and conducted a series of simulations to rehearse astronaut movements and operations for future flights with customers on board. This mission marked a verification step prior to flying astronauts. For the first time, Blue Origin personnel standing in as astronauts entered the capsule prior to launch. These astronauts conducted a series of tests from within the capsule including a comms check with the Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), procedures for entering and exiting the capsule, and pre-launch preparations within the capsule. Following the crew capsule landing, the astronauts rehearsed post-flight procedures, hatch opening, and exiting the capsule.
Blue Origin’s Launch Site One
Meet CrewMember 7
Safety, Blue Origin’s Top Mission
First Look: Launch Complex 36
New Glenn’s Tank Cleaning and Processing Facility
New Glenn Factory Progress Update
Lunar Descent Element Demo Mission
Replay - New Shepard Mission NS-14 Webcast
Tech Demos for NASA’s Artemis Program
Replay - New Shepard Mission NS-13 Webcast
NS-13 Full Interview With NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
Blue Origin's NS-13 Mission: NASA Tipping Point Partnership
Blue Origin-Led HLS National Team Mockup
Blue Origin-Led HLS National Team's Mission to the Moon
Blue Origin producing face shield components to help combat COVID-19