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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.
In 2021, the first fully automated spaceflight with civilian passengers, was launched with a New Shepard rocket.
The name New Shepard is named after the first American astronaut in space, Alan Shepard, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts.
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Blue Origin planned its first crewed test flight - Blue Origin NS-16 - to occur in 2019, which was however delayed until 2021.
The first passenger flew on 20 July 2021 having purchased the seat at auction for $28 million; however, this auction passenger later dropped out and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen was selected to fly.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Doug Mohney (7 May 2015). "Will Jeff Bezos Speed Past Virgin Galactic to Tourist Space?". TechZone360.
- ↑ Howell, Elizabeth (18 July 2021). "Blue Origin launch will be the 1st fully automated flight with civilian astronauts: report". Space.com. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
- ↑ Jonathan Amos (30 April 2015). "Jeff Bezos conducts New Shepard flight". BBC.
- ↑  Chris Bergin, NASASpaceflight.com, 28 November 2018
- ↑ "$28M is winning bid for seat aboard Blue Origin's 1st human space flight". ABC News. 12 June 2021.