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New Shepard Flight Profile

Your Flight To Space
and Back

This Seat Will Change How You See the World

Gradatim Ferociter

Safety, Our Top Mission

Blue Origin has been flight testing New Shepard and its redundant safety systems since 2012. The program has had 15 successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight.

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

Meet New Shepard

Named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go to space, New Shepard is Blue Origin’s reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads into space.

The New Shepard Experience, Compared

From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line.

*A recent study (arc.aiaa.org) by Martin Ross of Aerospace Corporation examined the two types of suborbital vehicles: (1) an air launch spaceplane type using a hybrid (N2O and hydrocarbon-based solid propellants) rocket motor and (2) a ground launch type using a liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine (O2 and hydrogen propellants). It reported that a liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen rocket engine (which Blue Origin uses) has 100x less Ozone loss and 750x less climate forcing magnitude than an air-launched hybrid engine (which Virgin Galactic uses).

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Your Flight To Space & Back

T-35 Minutes

T-35 Minutes

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.

T+7.5 Minutes

T+7.5 Minutes

Booster lands on the pad in West Texas.

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T+11 Minutes

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

T+21 Minutes

T+21 Minutes

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