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Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship joins the pantheon of model rockets

26 Aug 2021, 18:25 UTC
Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship joins the pantheon of model rockets
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Estes’ New Shepard model rocket uses standard model-rocket launch equipment, including a single C6-3 or C6-5 engine. (Estes Industries via YouTube)
Rocket fans will soon be able to follow in Jeff Bezos’ footsteps when it comes to ownership of a suborbital New Shepard space vehicle.
Just be warned that everything will be scaled down: The Blue Origin New Shepard model rocket unveiled this week by Estes Industries will be 1/66th scale, and capable of going up 400 feet rather than 62 miles.
At least the price is scaled down as well: Instead of paying out a billion dollars a year to support Blue Origin’s development program for New Shepard as well as the orbital-class New Glenn rocket and advanced projects, buyers will be asked to shell out a mere $69.99.
Estes is partnering with the Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s educational foundation, to offer New Shepard as a STEM teaching tool. A portion of the sales proceeds will go to the club.
“Our hope is that the new Estes New Shepard model sparks the imagination of future space explorers and inspires them to carve out their own role in helping to invent the future of life in space,” Josef ...

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