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Dec. 11, 2019
New Shepard Mission NS-12 lift off
The New Shepard reusable launch system was launched and landed at Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site, on 11 December 2019, at 17:53 UTC (11:53 CST). This was the 6th mission, launch and landing, for this New Shepard launch vehicle. Audio commentary by Ariane Cornell, Director of Astronaut & Orbital Sales, Blue Origin.
Blue Origin NS-12: New Shepard launch & landing, December 2019
New Shepard Mission NS-12 Updates: December 11
This mission was another step towards verifying New Shepard for human spaceflight as we continue to mature the safety and reliability of the vehicle.
This was the 6th flight for this particular New Shepard vehicle. Blue Origin has so far reused two boosters five times each consecutively, so today marks a record with this booster completing its 6th flight to space and back.
This particular rocket has been an operational payload vehicle for several flights, meaning there are no more updates to the system.
New Shepard Mission NS-12 landing (rocket)
This was also the 9th commercial payload mission for New Shepard, and we are proud to be have flown our 100th customer on board.
NS-12 Update: December 8
As we move towards verifying New Shepard for human spaceflight we are continuing to mature the safety and reliability of the vehicle.
It’s the 6th flight for this particular New Shepard vehicle, marking the first time a Blue Origin booster has made this many consecutive flights (the previous booster flew five times consecutively) - all with minimal refurbishment between flights. This particular rocket has been an operational payload vehicle for several flights, meaning there are no more updates to the system.
This will also be the 9th commercial payload mission for New Shepard, and we are proud to be flying our 100th customer on board.
Also on the vehicle are thousands of postcards from students around the world for our nonprofit Club for the Future. The Club's mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space.
New Shepard Mission NS-12 Notable Payloads Manifested:
Earlier this year we partnered with rock band OK Go on a contest called Art in Space, giving high school and middle school students a chance to send art experiments into space on our New Shepard vehicle. We are sending the two winning art projects on NS-12.
One of our educational payloads from Columbia University, designed and built by undergraduate students and advised by Dr. Michael Massimino (an astronaut), will study the acute impacts of microgravity environments on cell biology. This is crucial for humans living and working in space.
OSCAR, which was led by principal investigator Dr. Annie Meier, is a recycling technology payload from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. It is designed to create a mixture of gasses that could be used for propulsion or life support from common waste on a deep space human exploration mission. This is Blue’s first full-stack payload, meaning there will be more room to do complex studies in flight.
Club for the Future: https://www.clubforfuture.org/
Partnered with rock band OK Go: https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1103039928005349376?s=20
Art in Space: https://okgosandbox.org/art-in-space/
Blue Origin: https://www.blueorigin.com/
Images, Video, Text, Credits: Credits: Blue Origin/SciNews/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.