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  • Blue Origin conducts in-flight abort test; booster lands successfully

    Curt GodwinOctober 5th, 2016

    Poor weather conditions may have delayed the test for 24 hours, but that didn't stop Blue Origin from putting on a heck of a show while testing the New Shepard's launch abort system. At 11:36 a.m. EDT (15:36 GMT) on Oct. 5, after a nearly 40-minute hold, the rocket and capsule zipped off the pad for a final flight.

  • Blue Origin reveals New Glenn launch vehicle plans

    Bart LeahySeptember 12th, 2016

    In a recent e-mail, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveiled more details about the company’s family of future orbital launch vehicles, named New Glenn. The new vehicles include two-stage and three-stage versions with a first stage producing 3.85 million pounds (17.1 million newtons) of thrust. The orbital vehicles are named for the first American astronaut to reach orbit – John Glenn.

  • Blue Origin prepares for October test of in-flight abort system

    Curt GodwinSeptember 10th, 2016

    As the New Shepard vehicle accelerates through max Q, a flight computer detects an anomaly and triggers an in-flight abort. The crew module shoots away from the stricken booster to safely return its occupants to Earth. Though notional in description, this is what Blue Origin plans to verify in an early October 2016 test flight of its reusable launch system.

  • One-out parachute test doesn’t crush Blue Origin’s hopes

    Curt GodwinJuly 22nd, 2016

    Landing with a failed parachute is not a condition a company would normally want their spacecraft to encounter, but that was exactly the scenario Blue Origin planned for the fourth test flight of their New Shepard vehicle last month. After a month of analysis, Blue Origin's founder, Jeff Bezos, gave the word in an e-mail update that the test was a success.

  • ‘Gradatim Ferociter’: Blue Origin tests New Shepard failure mode

    Derek RichardsonJune 19th, 2016

    Rising into the West Texas skies for the fourth time in seven months was Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule. The goal of this uncrewed flight was to test a “failure mode” of the systems crew capsule’s parachute.

  • Blue Origin set to test New Shepard Friday as company makes progress on BE-4 engine – UPDATE

    Bart LeahyJune 16th, 2016

    It’s one thing to test a rocket to make sure that everything is working properly, but engineers will tell you that the other thing you also have to test is how systems work when things go wrong. Blue Origin plans on doing exactly that on Friday. (This test has now been moved to Sunday)

  • Blue Origin awarded NASA suborbital flight contract

    Bart LeahyJune 3rd, 2016

    Blue Origin has become the sixth company to be awarded a contract under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, joining several other NewSpace companies in a set of opportunities designed to provide space for suborbital payloads.

  • Same booster third flight: Blue Origin releases video of April 2 test

    Jason RhianApril 4th, 2016

    Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft conducted its third flight on April 2, 2016. The integrated stack reached an apogee of 339,178 feet (103 kilometers). Perhaps most notably, it marked the third time that particular booster was used to carry out a test flight – proving the reusability of the design.

  • Bezos’ Blue Origin carries out third launch / landing of New Shepard

    Jason RhianApril 2nd, 2016

    Third time was the charm, that has to be what Jeff Bezos must be thinking today. His company's New Shepard rocket carried out its third successful launch and landing on Saturday, April 2. With this latest flight, the company is one step closer toward having tourists roar to sub-orbit within the foreseeable time frame.

  • Blue Origin re-flies New Shepard used on Nov. 2015 flight

    Jason RhianJanuary 22nd, 2016

    It has been just less than of two months since a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket lifted off, separated from the capsule that it carried, and carried out a controlled landing. Today, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, that same booster has launched – and landed – again.

  • Blue Origin lands New Shepard spacecraft after flight to edge of space

    Derek RichardsonNovember 24th, 2015

    Blue Origin successfully flew their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft and booster to space in an unpiloted test reaching a planned altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before landing back at the launch site.

  • NanoRacks partners with Blue Origin for suborbital research flights

    Jim SharkeyJuly 21st, 2015

    NanoRacks announced on July 16, that it's joining with Blue Origin to provide customer support and payload integration for suborbital research and educational payloads. Blue Origin conducted the first development test flight of its New Shepard space vehicle on April 29, 2015. The two companies expect to begin conducting suborbital research flights in 2016.

  • Blue Origin successfully tests ‘New Shepard’ suborbital rocket

    Joe LatrellApril 30th, 2015

    The incredibly-secretive rocket company Blue Origin released video on Wednesday, detailing a test flight of their “New Shepard” spacecraft. The test flight occurred on April 29, 2015. Details about the flight are extremely limited, but Blue Origin did release a video and several photographs of the flight. This most recent flight highlights a company that is rapidly […]

  • Blue Origin’s BE-3 completes acceptance testing in lead up to New Shepard flights

    Jason RhianApril 7th, 2015

    On Tuesday, April 7, Blue Origin announced that the Kent, Washington-based firm has completed acceptance testing of Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine. The engine has now been cleared for suborbital flights and is planned for use on the firm’s New Shepard launch vehicle system. New Shepard is scheduled to carry out suborbital test flights later this year. […]