A crew will board the New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin shortly before their next flight test on Wednesday, April 14, and then climb back again before launch.
Commercial space company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, will use the 15th test of its sub-orbital rocket, which he describes as an “astronaut operational exercise” ahead of the launch of space tourism services next year. two.
#Newshepard The NS-15 is targeting liftoff Mercury on April 14 from launch Site One. The launch window opens at 8:00 AM CDT / 13:00 UTC. The NS-15 is a verification step before flying astronauts. The webcast starts from T-60 minutes at https://t.co/7Y4TherpLr. Learn more: https://t.co/9c3S3Gxwow pic.twitter.com/lMvf071mtw
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The company said in a message on its website, “The primary operations will attract Blue Origin personnel standing as astronauts before being launched as astronauts.” “These astronauts will climb the launch tower, climb on their seats, dodge with their antics, and check communications from their seats with Capsules, the capsule communicator.”
The tower operations team will design the capsule cabin for launch and then briefly close the capsule hatch. The crew would release the capsule before firing the rocket engine.
After the capsule lands in the desert close to the West Texas launch site, the crew will re-enter the capsule to re-enter the capsule and rehearse exit procedures for upcoming full missions.
how to see?
The launch window for Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-15 test flight opens at 6 a.m. (8 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, April 14 from Launch Site One in West Texas.
Live coverage of the mission – including all astronaut rehearsal activities – will begin one hour prior to liftoff. You can watch the broadcast by pressing the play button on the video player which will appear at the top of this page or by visiting the Blue Origin website. Also, do check Blue Origin’s Twitter account Days for any updates regarding the mission.
In addition to rehearsals, coverage will include rocket launch, separation of the crew capsule from the booster, booster landing and finally capsule landing.
Blue Origin is among several commercial space companies that want to launch space tourism services. Its own touring flight takes passengers 62 miles to the edge of space, offering stunning views of Earth and space, as well as a brief mantra of weightlessness before returning to Terra Pharma. Virgin Galactic is also planning sub-orbital flights, and has recently unveiled a shiny new space vehicle it will use for such rides.
SpaceX, meanwhile, is planning more complex, orbital experiences, with its earlier ones planned later this year. It is also working with space company Axiom on a mission to send private citizens to the International Space Station in 2022, and can also send passengers to the moon’s fly-by in the coming years.