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The Experience

The Capsule

With room for six astronauts, the spacious and pressurized crew capsule is environmentally-controlled for comfort and every passenger gets their own window seat. The vehicle is fully autonomous. Every person onboard is a passengerthere are no pilots.

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Safety, Blue Origin's Top Mission

Blue Origin has been flight testing New Shepard and its redundant safety systems since 2012. The program has had 18 successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight.

Video: Safety, Blue Origin's Top Mission Learn About Safety

New Shepard Crew Capsule descends from space on Mission NS-15. (April 14, 2021)

Environmental Measures

Protecting Our Planet

Building a road to space starts with reusable vehicles and New Shepard is the first step in realizing that mission. The entire New Shepard system has been designed for operational reusability and minimal maintenance between flights from day one to decrease the cost of access to space and reduce waste. Nearly 99% of New Shepard’s dry mass is reused, including the booster, capsule, ring fin, engine, landing gear, and parachutes. New Shepard’s BE-3PM engine is fueled by highly efficient and clean liquid oxygen and hydrogen. During flight, the only byproduct of New Shepard’s engine combustion is water vapor with no carbon emissions.

Research and development

Human-Tended Research Opportunities

New Shepard payload flights have supported a wide range of research, education, and technology development. Now, with astronauts on board, we can add skilled hands, extending the laboratory to space and training crews for real-world flight operations.

Send Something to Space With Blue

Fly Your Research and Technology

Whether you’re a school who wants your own space program for the cost of sports uniforms or a researcher using microgravity to test your technology, New Shepard is enabling low cost, frequent access to space.


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Your Flight To Space & Back

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Enter the capsule and buckle up for your flight.

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Liftoff!

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Weightlessness begins as the capsule separates from the booster.

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Free float in the capsule for several minutes in zero-g, passing the Kármán Line and ascending above 100 kilometers.

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Buckle back up for the capsules free-float descent back to Earth under parachutes.

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Booster lands on the pad in West Texas.

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Capsule touches down gently as a retro-thrust system creates a pillow of air for a soft landing.

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The hatch opens as your guests and CrewMember 7 guides greet you for celebration.