One Tuesday morning at 9:35am, there’s a launch scheduled to lift off, but it’s not SpaceX or United Launch Alliance. This time it’s Blue Origin that is planning on launching a New Shepard test flight at 9:35 a.m. EDT
The Blue Origin launch of its new Shepard suborbital vehicle on a test flight(uncrewed) can be watched live on Positively Osceola’s Facebook page.
New Shepard is scheduled to launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas site on a mission known as NS-13. Blue Origin is run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and launch coverage will begin 30 minutes before liftoff.
New Shepard’s capsule, and the rocket it rides atop, are both reusable. Very similar to the first stages of SpaceX Falcon 9 orbital rockets returning to earth, the Blue Origin booster comes down for powered vertical landings, while the capsule makes a soft, parachute-aided touchdown. Blue Origin’s Tuesday flight will be the seventh test mission for this rocket configuration, the 13th for the program overall, and the first New Shepard launch since last December.