Blue Origin Tests Rocket Slated For Moon Return

  • Blue Origin Tests Rocket Slated For Moon Return

Blue Origin Tests Rocket Slated For Moon Return

Blue Origin tested the New Shepard capsule which remained in the air for over ten minutes and attained altitude 106 kilometers above sea level and which descended to the surface using parachutes and then landing in the West Texas desert.

There were 12 payloads on board.

The New Shepard carried a dozen payloads to space and back for testing, including a few firsts for the space agency, such as Deorbit, Descent and NASA's "Safe and Precise Landing - Integrated Capabilities Evolution" (SPLICE) system.

Blue Origin explained that its Moon landing sensor tests "will verify how these technologies (sensors, computers, and algorithms) work together to determine a spacecraft's location and speed as it approaches the Moon, enabling a vehicle to land autonomously on the lunar surface within 100 meters of a designated point".

Today's mission also included payloads of experiments from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, NASA Flight Opportunities, Space Lab Technologies, University of Florida, Space Environment Technologies, and mu Space Corp.

Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is one step closer to sending tourists, researchers, and other paying customers into space.

"Utilizing New Shepard to simulate touchdown on the Moon is an thrilling precursor to what the Artemis program will deliver to America", Blue Origin's chief government Bob Smith stated in a press release.

The 18m-tall New Shepard rocket was unmanned, but still managed to land vertically on the ground after returning from space - much like SpaceX rockets do.

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission, and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reusability. The same rocket is created to return humans from the Moon missions in 2024.

Lunar landings are important to Blue Origin because it leads the so-called National Team in developing a human lander for future moon missions. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.