Blue Origin to Conduct Test Flight for New Shepard Suborbital Vehicle Written 14 January 2021


Blue Origin's New Shepard | Blue Origin; NASA

Space News reports that Blue Origin is preparing for the next test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, which could be launched as soon as Thursday. The FAA published temporary flight restrictions Tuesday, which will “close airspace above Blue Origin’s West Texas test site from Jan. 14 through Jan. 17, from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern each day.” In a Wednesday statement, Blue Origin announced its plans to conduct the launch Thursday at 10:45 a.m. EST. According to the company, the capsule “will be outfitted with upgrades to the crew capsule for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight,” including improved display panels, environmental controls, and communications systems. The capsule will have six seats, with a mannequin occupying one of them.
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