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Blue Origin’s New Shepard completed its 7th launch and landing this week

15 Oct 2020, 11:52 UTC
Blue Origin’s New Shepard completed its 7th launch and landing this week
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Blue Origin – Jeff Bezos’ rocket company – successfully launched its New Shepard rocket on an uncrewed test flight over West Texas this week, on October 13, 2020. The launch vehicle, which consists of a reusable rocket and space capsule, lifted off from the company’s suborbital launch facility known as Corn Ranch in Van Horn, Texas at 13:36 UTC (8:36 a.m. Central Time).
Then, after separating from the rocket booster, the capsule gently parachuted back down to Earth while the booster executed a flawless vertical landing.
The launch’s test mission, called NS-13, was the 7th consecutive test flight of this particular rocket booster and the 13th flight for Blue Origin’s New Shepard program. The booster then returned to Earth about 8 minutes after liftoff; the capsule then followed suit with a clean landing about 10 minutes later. Caitlin Dietrich, a Blue Origin launch commentator, exclaimed:
Touch down — New Shepard, here we go! … That never gets old.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle lifting off on its October 13 test flight. Image by Blue Origin.
For the NS-13 mission, New Shepard carried 12 science payloads to space and back. One of those payloads was NASA’s Deorbit — ...

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