Blue origin will launch its New Shepard suborbital vehicle with an open test flight on Tuesday morning (October 13) and you can watch the takeoff live.
The new Shepard is scheduled to launch from the Blue Origin website in West Texas on Tuesday at 9:35 a.m. EDT (1335 GMT; 8:35 a.m. Texas time) on a mission known as NS-13. You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly through the companywhich is run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Coverage will begin 30 minutes before takeoff.
New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, both of which are reusable. The booster is lowered for vertical landings with a motor similar to those performed in the first stages of SpaceX Falcon 9 orbital rocketsand the capsule makes soft, with parachute touches. Tuesday̵
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Tuesday’s flight was originally scheduled for late September, but a the powerful bug rejected this attempt.
Blue Origin is evolving New Shepard to carry payloads and paying customers on short trips to and from the suborbital space. Although there will be no passengers on board on Tuesday, there will be many payloads – actually a dozen.
One of them is the demonstration of NASA’s Deorbit, Descent and Landing Sensor, which will test the technology for landing on Artemis program. Artemis aims to land two astronauts on the lunar surface in 2024 and to establish a long-term, sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of 2020.
Blue Origin has strong ties to Artemis. The company leads the National Team, one of three private groups developing a candidate landing system for the program. (SpaceX and Dynetics are the other two.)
Other payloads of the NS-13 also include new technologies to protect electronics from spacecraft from overheating and a microgravity plant growing system. The mission will also carry thousands of postcards submitted by the NGO Blue Origin, Club for the Future, as the New Shepard mission did in December 2019..
Mike Wall is the author of “There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.