New Shepard

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New Shepard is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL), crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle created by Blue Origin as a way to boost space tourism.[1] Blue Origin is owned and led by Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos.

The name New Shepard is named after the first American astronaut in space, Alan Shepard, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts.[2]

Blue Origin planned its first crewed test flight to occur in 2019, which was however delayed until 2021, and has since announced that tickets would begin to be sold for commercial flights of up to six people.[3]

The first passenger flew on 20 July 2021 having purchased the seat at auction for $28 million;[4] however, this auction passenger later dropped out and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen was selected to fly.

References[change | change source]

  1. Doug Mohney (7 May 2015). "Will Jeff Bezos Speed Past Virgin Galactic to Tourist Space?". TechZone360.
  2. Jonathan Amos (30 April 2015). "Jeff Bezos conducts New Shepard flight". BBC.
  3. [1] Chris Bergin, NASASpaceflight.com, 28 November 2018
  4. "$28M is winning bid for seat aboard Blue Origin's 1st human space flight". ABC News. 12 June 2021.