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PM-2

PM-2 [Blue Origin]

In 2011, Blue Origin conducted flight tests of the PM-2 prototype of the first stage of the suborbital New Shepard vehicle. In place of the space capsule, the PM-2 carried only a haf-spherical aerodnyamic cap.

The first flight was a short hop with successful soft landing on a concrete pad. For this flight only, three of the five BE-2 engines were used. The second flight, powered by all five engines, went out of control at a height of 13.7 km at a speed of Mach 1.2. The vehicle was destroyed.

Version Stage 1
PM-2 PM-2 / 5 × BE-2
No:       Type:             Flight  Date              LS      Payload

 1    1   PM-2              F1      21.05.2011   *    CR      R&D
 2    2   PM-2              F2      24.08.2011   *F   CR      R&D

  
Launch sites:

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


*   Suborbital
F   Failure
r   Recovery Failure