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Blue Origin
Blue Origin was founded and funded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of amazon.com. Commercial space passenger service would be conducted from a private spaceport at the 165,000-acre Corn Ranch, 40 kilometers north of Van Horn, west Texas. The launch point would be 8 kilometers west of Highway 54. The spaceport included a vehicle processing facility, a launch complex, vehicle landing and recovery area, an astronaut training facility, lodging, and other support facilities. The launch pad covered 3,000 square meters; the landing pad would be located 6.1 km north of it.

AKA: Corn Ranch. First Launch: 2006-11-13. Last Launch: 2006-11-13. Number: 1 . Location: Corn Ranch, Culberson County, Texas. Longitude: -104.9000 deg. Latitude: 31.3300 deg. Apogee: 1,390 km (860 mi).



Family: Suborbital Launch Site. Country: USA. Spacecraft: New Shepard. Launch Sites: Blue Origin.

2006 November 13 - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • First test launch of New Shepard subscale prototype - . Nation: USA. Agency: Blue Origin. Class: Manned. Type: Manned rocketplane. Spacecraft: New Shepard.

    The test vehicle, dubbed Goddard, lifted off and landed vertically, and reached 90 m altitude. The launch, delayed twice for winds, came at the end of a three-day FAA-approved window. Video and pictures issued indicated that the test vehicle was a subscale (about 84%) version of the final manned vehicle; and that it used a hydrogen peroxide monopropellant rocket engines in place of the hydrogen peroxide/kerosene engines planned for the production vehicle.


2015 November 23 - . 17:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • New Shepard CC - . Nation: USA. Type: Test. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

    Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle carried its prototype crew capsule to 100.5 km altitude, the booster reaching 100.4 km. The booster was recovered in a controlled vertical rocket landing, the first such successful landing on the Earth's surface following an exoatmospheric flight. The crew capsule landed nearby on a parachute.


2016 January 22 - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • New Shepard CC - . Nation: USA. Type: Test. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi). Blue Origin reflew the second NS propulsion module to 101.7 km and successfully landed it. The crew capsule separated near apogee and was recovered by parachute. It's not clear whether this was the same crew capsule as in earlier flights..

2016 April 2 - . 15:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • New Shepard M4 - . Nation: USA. Type: Test. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi). Test mission. Impacted in West Texas..

2016 June 19 - . 14:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • New Shepard CC - . Nation: USA. Type: Test. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi). Test mission. Impacted in West Texas..

2016 October 5 - . 15:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Blue Origin. Launch Vehicle: New Shepard.
  • New Shepard - . Nation: USA. Type: Abort test. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

    Blue Origin flew the New Shepard rocket vehicle from the West Texas launch site to an apogee of 93.7 km and landed it nearby 7min29s after launch. On this mission the New Shepard crew capsule, which normally separates at apogee, instead fired its pusher abort motors 45 seconds after launch at an altitude of 4.9 km, reaching an apogee of 7.0 km and landing 4min16s after launch. Before launch it was expected that the in-flight abort separation of the capsule would destroy the booster rocket but in the event the rocket's flight did not appear to be affected. This was the 5th flight of New Shepard rocket vehicle 2, and possibly the 6th flight of the first Crew Capsule.



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