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  • Blue Origin returns to flight with New Shepard launch

    Lloyd CampbellDecember 12th, 2017

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ up-and-coming space launch company Blue Origin sent the latest version of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital rocket today (December 12). Liftoff occurred around midday EST from the firm's launch facility outside of Van Horn, Texas.

  • Blue Origin set to launch next New Shepard

    Derek RichardsonDecember 10th, 2017

    Blue Origin is getting ready to fly a New Shepard suborbital rocket sometime between Dec. 11–14. On Dec. 9, 2017, the company issued a notice to airmen, also called a NOTAM, for the area around its rocket site near Van Horn, Texas.

  • Blue Origin looking to make a ‘Blue Moon’

    Bart LeahyApril 12th, 2017

    In the last year, Blue Origin pushed its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in more complex tests, unveiled a reusable orbital rocket, and broke ground on a new factory in Florida. Now the company is looking one step further, revealing a design for a lunar lander at the 33rd Space Symposium.

  • Jeff Bezos teases New Shepard capsule interior

    Bart LeahyMarch 29th, 2017

    In a March 29, 2017, email, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos revealed additional progress on the company’s New Shepard suborbital space tourism capsule. Instead of focusing on spaceflight technologies, the latest images coming out of the company show tantalizing photos of the ship’s interior.

  • 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.