Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital space flight system will fly again on Monday (January 21), if everything goes according to plan.
Blue Origin, led by Amazon.com's billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, originally intended to launch the tenth New Shepard unmanned test flight in mid-December, but was frustrated by a problem with infrastructure at the test site. company in west Texas.
That problem has already been resolved.
"The next launch attempt for the mission #NewShepard # NS10 will be on January 21. We have solved our ground infrastructure problem, and both the vehicle and the weather look good." Watch out for launch times. It will be at http: // "BlueGradatimFerociter http://bit.ly/2HhFcmn", wrote the company's representatives via Twitter on Friday (January 18).
The next launch attempt for #NewShepard # NS10 the mission will be on January 21. We have solved our land infrastructure problem and both the vehicle and the weather look good. Stay tuned for the launch time. The live broadcast will be at https://t.co/WAB1Oy2KuL #GradatimFerociter https://t.co/6pusPUJd8v pic.twitter.com/dSTGebImjr
– Blue origin (@blueorigin) January 18, 2019
New Shepard, which takes its name from Alan Shepard, who in 1961 became the first American to reach space, consists of a rocket and a capsule, both reusable. Blue Origin is developing the system to fly pbadengers and scientific payloads on short trips to the suborbital space.
Monday's mission includes nine different charges sponsored by NASA, including equipment that will study how rocket fuel behaves in microgravity and an experiment that will investigate electromagnetic fields.
New Shepard will probably carry its first human pbadengers sometime this year. But Blue Origin has not started selling tickets to travel in the six-seat vehicle, it has not even established a pricing system yet, company representatives said recently.
Another company is also in the final stages of testing a manned suborbital vehicle. The VSS Unity spacer from Virgin Galactic made its first trip to space last month and could also start operational flights this year.
Blue Origin is also developing a huge reusable rocket for orbital missions. That reinforcement, called New Glenn, is scheduled to fly for the first time in 2021.
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