New Shepard New Shepard
NS-21
Mission
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NS-21 is the fifth crewed New Shepard flight, carrying six passengers.

Mission Type Tourism
Orbit Suborbital
New Shepard
New Shepard

The New Shepard reusable launch system is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL), suborbital manned rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism.

Manufacturer Blue Origin
Thrust 490kN
Length 15m
Diameter 3.7m
LEO Capacity N/A
GTO Capacity N/A
Launch Cost Unknown
Blue Origin
Blue Origin

Blue Origin is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos with its headquarters in Kent, Washington. The company is developing technologies to enable private human access to space with the goal to dramatically lower costs and increase reliability. Blue Origin currently launches its New Shepard sub-orbital vehicle from its West Texas launch site, they are currently constructing a launch pad for their orbital vehicle New Glenn at Cape Canaveral LC-36.

Type Commercial
Administrator CEO: Jeff Bezos
Launch Vehicles New Shepard | New Glenn
Spacecraft None
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch
Location Corn Ranch, USA
Total Launches 6
Links Wikipedia | Map
Meet the Crew
Evan Dick

Evan Dick

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Evan Dick

Katya Echazarreta

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Evan Dick

Hamish Harding

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Evan Dick

Victor Correa Hespanha

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Evan Dick

Jaison Robinson

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Evan Dick

Victor Vescovo

Tourist

Age Unknown
Status Retired
Boosters

Reusability is a fundimentally important factor in creating a cheap and reliable launch vehicle. The first stage makes up the vast majority of the cost to manufacture a rocket, by reusing it as well as other parts such as the second staege and fairings, the cost per mission id improved drastically.

"Rapid and complete reusability of rockets is really the key to opening up space and becoming a space-faring civilization."
- Elon Musk

NS-4

Type Core
Landing Attempt Yes
Landing Site CR
Landing Success Yes
Landing Type RTLS
Flights 5
Turn-around Time 64 days
Previous Mission NS-20
Reused Yes