Next Launch:


United States of America
United States of America
Blue Origin
Blue Origin
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time: 1:12 PM UTC (UTC +0)

This goes

to space

New Shepard Capsule (NS-16)

NS-16 mission

This crew flight is the culmination of more than a decade's worth of work for Blue Origin.

The NS-16 mission will carry Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and Wally Funk. The flight was also to carry the yet-unnamed winner of an auction that raised $28 million USD for the Blue Origin Club for the Future charity.

However, that person, knowing the date of the flight at the auction, had a "schedule conflict." The winner was replaced by 18 year old Oliver Daemen, who will be the youngest person to reach space.

The flight will fulfill a lifelong mission for Wally Funk, who was one of 13 women to undergo the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury. None of the 13 women ever flew in space.

At 82 years old, Funk will become the oldest person to reach space, surpassing John Glenn’s record of 77 years set in 1998 on the STS-95/Shuttle Discovery mission.

After separating from the booster, the capsule and its four passengers will experience approximately 3-5 minutes of near weightlessness as the craft coasts up to a high point about 108 km above the Earth.

Parachutes and a single retrorocket will slow the capsule to a gentle landing in the Texas desert.

The Capsule (general)

The New Shepard crew capsule is designed to take up to six paying passengers or a variety of scientific payloads on safe, suborbital flights.

The capsule has a full abort system, is completely automated, and does not need pilots for passenger flights.

Ticket sales (and prices) are not yet available.

Image Credit: Blue Origin

On this


New Shepard

Meet Blue Origin's reusable, commercial rocket for suborbital tourism and scientific flights.

Called the propulsion module, it is the power of the New Shepard design that pushes the capsule up into space.

A New Shepard propulsion module became the first-ever rocket to successfully perform a vertical landing under its own power on November 23rd, 2015, after launching a capsule on a suborbital flight to space.

Named after the first American to reach space, Alan Shepard, the New Shepard rocket is powered at both launch and landing by a single Blue Origin-developed engine.

Burning hydrogen and oxygen, the rocket’s exhaust is pure water, which makes it one of the most environmentally friendly rockets currently flying.

A multi-year program of flight tests began in 2015 and continued into 2021. By mid-2016, Blue Origin began flying suborbital research payloads for universities and NASA.

The flight test program was completed in early 2021 and the first flight carrying passengers to suborbital space occurred in July 2021.

The current and most up-to-date version of the New Shepard launch vehicle is their New Shepard 4 or RSS First Step. This version was the first and so far only vehicle to carry human passengers for Blue Origin.

Its first launch, NS-14, occurred on January 14th, 2021 successfully completing the first of two uncrewed qualification flights needed before carrying humans on board.

On April 14th, 2021, NS-15 successfully launched and landed, completing its second flight and first preflight human passenger process and rehearsal.

July 20th, 2021 marked Blue Origin's first crewed flight of New Shepard with its NS-16 launch carrying founder Jeff Bezos and Mercury 13 member Wally Funk.

On October 13th, 2021 NS-18 successfully launched with a crew of 4 members, including actor William Shatner.

NS-19 successfully launched the third crewed flight on December 11th, 2021. This mission was the first to carry six passengers. Notable crew included TV personality Michael Strahan and daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard; Laura Shepard Churchley.

NS-20 launched on March 31, 2022 . With six people onboard, it was Blue Origin's fourth crewed flight, and twentieth flight overall to reach space.

Image Credit: Blue Origin

From this

launch site

Launch Site One - Corn Ranch - Van Horn, Texas
July 20, 2021

Welcome to Corn Ranch, Blue Origin’s private spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, purchased by the company’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos.

The launch and landing pads are located north of the checkout building and are 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) apart from each other.

The site also has several rocket engine test stands for Blue Origin’s engine development program.

Image Credit: Blue Origin


lands here

Corn Ranch Landing Pad - Van Horn, Texas
July 20, 2021

After a successful launch, the rocket and capsule separate and take different journeys back to the ground in the desert near Van Horn, Texas.

The rocket comes back using its single engine to slow itself for a gentle landing on a concrete landing pad after it deploys its landing legs.

The launch and landing pads are located north of the checkout building and are 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) apart from each other

Image Credit: Blue Origin

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