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New Shepard

New Shepard [Blue Origin]

The New Shepard vehicle for suborbital space tourism flights will consist of the Propulsion Module first stage with a single BE-3 engine and a manned capsule. The stage is recoverable and will conduct powered vertical landing at the end of the mission, while the capsule lands by three parachutes.

On the first flight of New Shepard to a height of about 90 km, the capsule was successfully deployed and recovered via a parachute system, while the Propulsion module was not recovered due to a hydraulics problem.

On the second flight, the booster was successfully recovered. Both capsule and booster were re-flown in January 2016 and again successfully recovered. Three more flights and recoveries were conducted. In October 2016, the booster and capsule were used for an in-flight abort test at max-Q. Again, the capsule and the booster were recovered. Both were retired after this test.

Version Stage 1
New Shepard Propulsion Module / BE-3
No:       Type:             Flight  Date              LS      Payload

 3    1   New Shepard       #1-F1   29.04.2015   *r   CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M1
 4    2   New Shepard       #2-F1   23.11.2015   *    CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M2
 5    3   New Shepard       #2-F2   22.01.2016   *    CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M3
 6    4   New Shepard       #2-F3   02.04.2016   *    CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M4
 7    5   New Shepard       #2-F4   19.06.2016   *    CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M5
 8    6   New Shepard       #2-F5   05.10.2016   *A   CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #1-M6 (abort test)


 9    7   New Shepard       #3-F1   xx.xx.2017   *    CR      New Shepard Crew Capsule #2-M1
Launch sites:

CR  = Blue Origin West Texas Launch Site, Corn Ranch, Van Horn, Culberson County, Texas, USA USA

*   Suborbital
F   Failure
r   Recovery Failure
A   Abort