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Research Flights on Blue Origin's New Shepard

Authors
  • Wagner, Erika B.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gravitational and Space Research
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Mar 20, 2021
Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
62–67
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/gsr-2021-0005
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle made its first flight above the Kármán Line, returning safely to Earth in November 2015. At the time when this paper is being written (February 2021), the system has conducted 14 flights, including 10 with research and education payloads aboard. More than 100 payloads have exercised a wide range of capabilities and interfaces, from small cubesat-form factor student payloads to large custom payloads of nearly 100 kg. Investigations have spanned a wide range of high-altitude and microgravity research objectives, as well as raising technology readiness level (TRL) on diverse hardware. This paper summarizes New Shepard's payload missions to date, and presents standardized and custom accommodations, both in the shirtsleeve cabin and directly exposed to the space environment.

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