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New Shepard Payloads

Designed With Researchers In Mind

New Shepard offers flights to space over 100 kilometers (62 miles) for payloads inside our cabin or with direct exposure to the space environment. With minutes of high-quality microgravity or partial-G, access to the Kármán Line, and gentle return of payload, New Shepard is transforming access to space research.

Research
Payloads for
R&D

From fluid physics and gravitational biology to high altitude science and space as a technology testbed, New Shepard serves a wide community of researchers. With a range of government grants available, taking your lab to space is now easier than ever.

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Education
Payloads for
Students

Schools around the world are now developing their own space programs. From STEM outreach with youth to graduate level research, our Mini Payloads offer students a way to get hands-on experience with the full lifecycle of a space project.

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Commercial
Payloads for
Business

Spaceflight now moves at the speed of business, with the ability to move from idea to flight in a matter of months. Use New Shepard for risk reduction, rapid proof of concept, or early investor milestones.

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New Shepard takes off on Mission NS-10 - January 23, 2019

INSIDE THE CAPSULE
Standardized Stacks Provide Easy Payload Support

The Crew Capsule is designed to accommodate up to six payload stacks with as many as 36 individual Payload Lockers. Future vehicles can pair stacks with seats to support human-tended payload flights, allowing researchers to conduct their own hands-on work in space.

Unique systems & software
Flight-Ready Interfaces Make It Simple

As described in our Payload User’s Guide below, payloads are supported by our custom avionics and software, including flight-ready solutions for:

  • Robust control systems
  • Data storage
  • Electrical power
  • Vehicle telemetry
  • Integrated avionics and desktop software for programming in your lab, so you can develop and implement complex experiments faster than ever before

Payload Offerings

CUSTOM SOLUTIONS

If our standard interfaces don’t meet your needs, we’re happy to support a wide range of custom interfaces and operations.

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AMSE
CUSTOMER Silicon Valley Space Center
INDUSTRY Commercial

Silicon Valley Space Center flew its Atmospheric Multi-Spectral Explorer (AMSE), a compact infrared spectrometer for measuring atmospheric absorption and emission profiles at near and mid-infrared wavelengths. This work was funded by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
California
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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ARMAS
CUSTOMER Space Environment Technologies
INDUSTRY Commercial

Automating Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety (ARMAS) from Space Environment Technologies measures ionizing radiation throughout the suborbital trajectory to assist in development of forecasts and decision tools for flight risk reduction. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program funded the payload.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019); NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
California
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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Mini Payload
ASGSR UND Dinonauts
CUSTOMER University of North Dakota
INDUSTRY Academic

The University of North Dakota “Dinonauts” student team was awarded a flight by the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research to investigate enzyme kinetics of bioluminescence in dinoflagellates.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
North Dakota
Research Fields
Life Science
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BISS
CUSTOMER University of Florida
INDUSTRY Academic

Investigators from the University of Florida are adopting fluorescent and thermal imaging instrumentation developed for biological studies on the Shuttle and ISS to more rapid suborbital applications. The Biological Imaging in Suborbital Spaceflight (BISS) payload is an evolution of technologies previously flown on NS-10 and NS-12.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida
Research Fields
Technology, Life Science
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Mini Payload
Bodyslam
CUSTOMER mu Space Corp
INDUSTRY Commercial

Thai aerospace company muSpace Corp flew musical notes from Thai band Bodyslam translated into double-stranded DNA.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Thailand
Research Fields
Art
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BORE II
CUSTOMER Southwest Research Institute
INDUSTRY Other

The Box of Rocks Experiment II (BORE II) payload tested a novel system for sampling regolith and anchoring to asteroids and other low-gravity destinations. The goal of this system is to advance exploration and support in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). This work was funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Colorado
Research Fields
Technology, ISRU
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COLLIDE
CUSTOMER University of Central Florida
INDUSTRY Academic

The Collisions Into Dust Experiment (COLLIDE) from the University of Central Florida aimed to understand how dust particles react after surface contact during exploration missions to places such as the Moon, Mars and asteroids.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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Mini Payload
Columbia-Bone
CUSTOMER Columbia University
INDUSTRY Academic

Columbia University undergraduate students advised by former NASA astronaut Dr. Michael Massimino designed and built an educational payload to study the acute impacts of microgravity environments on cell biology. This is crucial for humans living and working in space.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
New York
Research Fields
Life Science
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CONDENSS
CUSTOMER Purdue University
INDUSTRY Academic

Condensed Droplet Experiment for NASA in Sub-Orbital Spaceflight (ConDENSS) from Purdue University, with funding through NASA Flight Opportunities Program, examined the behavior of small droplets of water in order to support the development of small and efficient heat transfer systems for spaceflight. These systems, called phase change heat transfer systems, provide more uniform surface temperatures and higher power capacities.

Mission Number
NS-9 (July 18, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Indiana
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids, Physical Science
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CORE
CUSTOMER University of Central Florida
INDUSTRY Academic

The Collection of Regolith Experiment (CORE) from University of Central Florida addresses the unique challenge of collecting and analyzing material samples in microgravity.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019); NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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Mini Payload
CRExIM
CUSTOMER Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
INDUSTRY Academic

The Cell Research Experiment In Microgravity (CRExIM) payload was a multidisciplinary effort between students and faculty in Embry-Riddle’s Spaceflight Operations degree program and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering departments, along with teams from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Medical University of South Carolina, in partnership with Arete STEM. The experiment studied how microgravity impacts the cellular processes of T-cells, which develop from STEM cells in the bone marrow and are key to immune system function.

Mission Number
NS-7 (December 12, 2017)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida, Texas, South Carolina
Research Fields
Life Science
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Daphnia
CUSTOMER University of Bayreuth
INDUSTRY Academic

The Daphnia experiment was developed by the University of Bayreuth with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLR. The payload investigated the effects of microgravity on gene expression and the cytoskeleton of daphnia water fleas. This small invertebrate species is popular in the design of future bioregenerative life support systems for human space exploration.

Mission Number
NS-8 (April 29, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Germany
Research Fields
Life Science
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PM Payload
DDL Sensor Demo
CUSTOMER Blue Origin and NASA
INDUSTRY Government, Commercial

Blue Origin flew the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration in partnership with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point partnership. The lunar landing sensor demo tested precision landing technologies for future missions to the Moon in support of the Artemis program. The experiment will verify how these technologies (sensors, computers, and algorithms) work together to determine a spacecraft’s location and speed as it approaches the Moon, enabling a vehicle to land autonomously on the lunar surface within 100 meters of a designated point. The technologies could allow future missions—both human and robotic—to target landing sites that weren’t possible during the Apollo missions, such as regions with varied terrain near craters. This was the first payload to fly mounted on the exterior of a New Shepard booster rather than inside the capsule.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Virginia, Washington, California
Research Fields
Technology, Lunar
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Mini Payload
DreamUp-DCS
CUSTOMER DCS Montessori School
INDUSTRY Academic

This two-part payload was a partnership with DreamUp and a collaboration across nearly 500 K-8 students at DCS Montessori Middle School (Castle Pines, CO). The first part included an Arduino Nano microcontroller with a sensor package designed and programmed by the students to learn more about the environment inside the Crew Capsule. The second part contained a school-wide art project that all students participated in. Upon landing, the data from the experiment was analyzed and the art returned to the students and shared with the community.

Mission Number
NS-7 (December 12, 2017)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Colorado
Research Fields
Technology, Art
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Mini Payload
EEF-1
CUSTOMER Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF)
INDUSTRY Academic

Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF) awarded spaceflights to three high school teams in Greece to study the effects of spaceflight on foams, emulsions, mass measurements, and artificial gravity systems.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Greece
Research Fields
Physical Science
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Mini Payload
EEF-2
CUSTOMER Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF)
INDUSTRY Academic

Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF) awarded spaceflights to three high school teams in Greece to study the effects of spaceflight on foams, emulsions, mass measurements, and artificial gravity systems.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Greece
Research Fields
Physical Science
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Mini Payload
EEF-3
CUSTOMER Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF)
INDUSTRY Academic

Hellenic Association of Physicists (EEF) awarded spaceflights to three high school teams in Greece to study the effects of spaceflight on foams, emulsions, mass measurements, and artificial gravity systems.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Greece
Research Fields
Physical Science
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Mini Payload
EGTG
CUSTOMER Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
INDUSTRY Academic, Commercial

Expression of Genes in Tumor Growth (EGTG) was developed by Embry-Riddle University-Daytona Beach, Grand Canyon University and Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with Arete STEM. This payload focused on studying the effect of microgravity exposure on the expression of genes that play a role in tumor growth. Two modified flasks were seeded with osteosarcoma cells. Syringes containing RNAlater for cell fixation were attached to each flask and their contents were deployed just before the onset of microgravity (in the case of the experimental control flask) and just after its completion (in the case of the experimental test flask). Post-mission, the samples were analyzed via reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to determine how the expression of the genes has changed.

Mission Number
NS-7 (December 12, 2017)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida, Arizona
Research Fields
Life Science
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EM Field
CUSTOMER Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
INDUSTRY Other

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab flew the Electromagnetic Field experiment to observe and collect data on the naturally occurring electromagnetic fields both inside and outside New Shepard during the launch. The team used the success of this experiment to determine how global measurements of the Earth’s electromagnetic field can be conducted in the future.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019); NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Maryland
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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EMSS
CUSTOMER Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
INDUSTRY Other

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab flew Environment Monitoring Suite on Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (EMSS). This integrated instrument suite monitored magnetic field and GPS observations during pre-flight, flight and post-flight operations. Such experiments will also demonstrate the feasibility of making future measurements to assess the influence of global change on the Earth’s complex electrical environment. This work was funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Maryland
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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EQUIPAGE
CUSTOMER Otto von Guericke University
INDUSTRY Academic

The EQUIPAGE experiment was developed by Otto von Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany) with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLR. EQUIPAGE studied the motion of macroscopic rod shaped grains to validate physics models of these systems under microgravity conditions. Such “granular gases” allow researchers to study a unique state far from equilibrium and not possible in normal Earth environments.

Mission Number
NS-8 (April 29, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Germany
Research Fields
Physical Science
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EUPHORIE
CUSTOMER University of Duisburg-Essen
INDUSTRY Academic

The EQUIPAGE experiment was developed by University of Duisburg-Essen with ZARM (The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen) and funding from German space agency, DLR. EUPHORIE used a laser to examine the phenomenon of photophoresis, the interaction of light on solid particles suspended in a gas. As the laser heats one side of such particles, it warms nearby gas molecules and accelerates the particle towards its cooler side. This research has applications to the study of early solar system evolution and meteorite formation.

Mission Number
P5
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Germany
Research Fields
Physical Science, Space Science
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FBMC
CUSTOMER NASA
INDUSTRY Government

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, flew the FBMC payload (Flow Boiling in Microgap Coolers). This award-winning payload demonstrated an embedded cooling technology for power-dense spacecraft electronics that operate in a range of gravity environments. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program funded the payload.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019); NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Maryland
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids
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FLEX
CUSTOMER University of Florida
INDUSTRY Academic

Investigators from the University of Florida adapted technology designed for the ISS to suborbital uses with their experiment, Validating Telemetric Imaging Hardware for Crew-Assisted and Crew-Autonomous Biological Imaging in Suborbital Applications. By recalibrating the way data is collected, the FLEX fluorescence imaging system experiment enabled more biological research on suborbital missions.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019); NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida
Research Fields
Technology, Life Science
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Mini Payload
Floral Cosmonauts
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. Floral Cosmonauts explored crystal electro-nucleation in self-assembling silver nitrate dendrite networks.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology
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GAGa
CUSTOMER Otto von Guericke University
INDUSTRY Academic

The Granular Anisotropic Gases (GAGa) payload investigated the statistics of granular gases, dilute collections of solid grains that interact by random collisions. Data from GAGa helped validate existing theoretical models and contribute to understanding the dynamics of related systems like avalanches and cosmic dust clouds. This payload was developed by Otto von Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany) with end-to-end service provider OLYMPIASPACE (Darmstadt, Germany) and funding from German space agency, DLR.

Mission Number
NS-9 (July 18, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Germany
Research Fields
Physical Science
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IRIS
CUSTOMER Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
INDUSTRY Other

Designed and built by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, IRIS matures new sensor technologies in preparation for a future flight on the New Shepard booster to measure ultraviolet light at high altitudes. This work was funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Maryland
Research Fields
Technology, Space Science
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JANUS
CUSTOMER Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
INDUSTRY Academic

The JANUS integration and monitoring platform from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was about the size of a car battery and provided researchers with a look at suborbital flight conditions. While this flight deployed JANUS in the shirtsleeve environment of the New Shepard cabin, future iterations looked at the environment outside the vehicle.

Mission Number
NS-6 (October 5, 2016); NS-7 (December 12, 2017)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Maryland
Research Fields
Technology
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Mini Payload
Jellynauts
CUSTOMER Eli Pinney Elementary School
INDUSTRY Academic

Eli Pinney Elementary School in Dublin, OH, in collaboration with space educational startup DreamUp, flew young jellyfish to examine their orientation and movement in microgravity.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Ohio
Research Fields
Life Science
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LAD-2
CUSTOMER Southwest Research Institute
INDUSTRY Other

The LAD-2 payload demonstrated how liquid and gas interface in microgravity. Applications include cryogenic propellant storage and management for in-space propulsion systems. This work was funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019); NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Texas
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids
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Living Distance
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads, as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. Living Distance: A Spider-Inspired Robotic Dance in Weightlessness demonstrated a crystalline robotic device that navigates zero gravity, similar to a performance.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology, Art
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Mini Payload
Maiden Flight-1
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads, as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. Queen Bee Maiden Flight used a custom-designed metabolic support capsule to explore the behavior of bee communities in weightlessness.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology, Art, Life Science
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Mini Payload
Maiden Flight-2
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads, as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. Queen Bee Maiden Flight used a custom-designed metabolic support capsule to explore the behavior of bee communities in weightlessness.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology, Art, Life Science
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Mini Payload
MAX-2019
CUSTOMER Media Art Xploration
INDUSTRY Commercial

Edgar Medina, a Texas-based abstract artist, partnered with Blue Origin and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to connect his local city of Houston to the region's long history of space exploration. Entitled “Mission Art,” the collaboration took strips of the designs crafted by Medina and patients to space, where the art was subject to capsule movement, atmospheric pressure and microgravity freedom. Following the launch, Medina reassembled the artwork during a live painting exhibit at the Media Art Xploration (MAX) Space Festival, where it was later auctioned off in support of future MAX events.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
California, Texas
Research Fields
Art
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microG-LilyPond
CUSTOMER Space Lab Technologies
INDUSTRY Commercial

µG-LilyPond is an autonomous plant growth system for use in microgravity developed by Space Lab Technologies. The ultimate goal is to produce highly nutritious, aquatic plants to supplement a crew’s diet. During this flight, the µG-LilyPond payload demonstrated thin film hydroponics (growth of plants without soil) using passive capillary flow. The payload was developed in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Boulder. NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) provided funding for payload development and flight aboard New Shepard through the SBIR/STTR and Flight Opportunities programs.

Mission Number
NS-13 (October 13, 2020)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Colorado
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids, Life Science
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Mini Payload
MIT-Portugal-1
CUSTOMER MIT
INDUSTRY Academic

The MIT-Portugal Program leveraged international student collaborations to design and fly an experiment on the effects of altered gravity on the photosynthesis and survival of microorganisms.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachuetts, Portugal
Research Fields
Life Science
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MPG
CUSTOMER Carthage College
INDUSTRY Academic

The Carthage College Modal Propellant Gauging (MPG) experiments were a joint effort with the NASA Kennedy Space Center Cryogenics Laboratory to demonstrate a way to measure fuel levels in microgravity by using sound waves.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019); NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Wisconsin
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids, Physical Science
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muSpace-1
CUSTOMER mu Space Corp
INDUSTRY Commercial

The first of Blue Origin’s New Glenn customers to purchase a slot on New Shepard, Bangkok-based mu Space’s payload included an assortment of scientific and medical items, several textile materials they plan to use on their future spacesuit and apparel, and other special articles for their community partners.

Mission Number
NS-9 (July 18, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Thailand
Research Fields
Technology, Art
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Mini Payload
NewCentury-1
CUSTOMER New Century Technology High School
INDUSTRY Academic

Students from New Century Technology High School in Huntsville, AL designed an experiment to test temperature fluctuations in microgravity, working with NASA engineers to perfect their design.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Team Location
Alabama
Research Fields
Technology
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Mini Payload
OKGo-1
CUSTOMER OK Go
INDUSTRY Academic

Blue Origin partnered with rock band OK Go and the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab on a contest called Art in Space, giving high school and middle school students a chance to send their own creative expressions to space on New Shepard. Dark Origin, developed by students from New York, was a kinetic art project with floating bits of “space debris” attaching themselves to a magnetized wire-art sculpture, mimicking the process that led to the formation of the early solar system.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Minnesota, New York
Research Fields
Art
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Mini Payload
OKGo-2
CUSTOMER OK Go
INDUSTRY Academic

Blue Origin partnered with rock band OK Go and the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab on a contest called Art in Space, giving high school and middle school students a chance to send their own creative expressions to space on New Shepard. This project, suggested by a team of students in Utah, translated cosmic radiation dosimetry into a musical composition that was to be played on strings inside the payload.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Minnesota, Utah
Research Fields
Art
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Full Stack
OSCAR
CUSTOMER NASA
INDUSTRY Government

The Orbital Syngas/Commodity Augmentation Reactor (OSCAR) project was a recycling technology payload from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The technology was designed to create a mixture of gasses that could be used for propulsion or life support from common waste on a deep space human exploration mission. This was Blue’s first full-stack payload, meaning there will be more room to do complex studies in flight.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Florida
Research Fields
Technology, Physical Science, Combustion
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OSU-USIP
CUSTOMER The Ohio State University
INDUSTRY Academic

In collaboration with NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Program (USIP), the Ohio State University's OSU-USIP payload used tissue-engineered skeletal and cardiac muscle to conduct studies on contractility and gene expression.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Ohio
Research Fields
Technology, Life Science
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SC1-x
CUSTOMER Solstar
INDUSTRY Commercial

The Schmitt Space Communicator Xperimental (SC1-x) was developed by Solstar with private funding and with support from NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The payload demonstrated the first commercial Wi-Fi in space, taking advantage of the Crew Capsule’s high altitude escape to test WiFi access throughout the flight.

Mission Number
NS-8 (April 29, 2018); NS-9 (July 18, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
New Mexico
Research Fields
Technology
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SFEM-2
CUSTOMER NASA
INDUSTRY Government

NASA Johnson Space Center’s Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2 (SFEM-2) recorded vehicle conditions including cabin pressure, temperature, CO2, acoustic conditions, and acceleration.

Mission Number
NS-8 (April 29, 2018); NS-9 (July 18, 2018)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Texas
Research Fields
Technology
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SpaceCU-Alpha
CUSTOMER Space Cargo Unlimited
INDUSTRY Commercial

Space Cargo Unlimited flew SpaceCU-Alpha, a commercial payload looking at biological experimentation and wine cultivation in space.

Mission Number
NS-12 (December 11, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Luxembourg
Research Fields
Life Science
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Mini Payload
Telepresent Drawings
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. Telepresent Drawings in Space used graphite to create a drawing that could only have been made in space.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology, Art
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TESSERAE
CUSTOMER MIT Media Lab
INDUSTRY Academic

MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative unites artists, engineers, scientists, and designers. The group flew several scientific payloads, as well as two projects that use zero gravity as a medium for works of art. TESSERAE explored a novel self-assembling space architecture.

Mission Number
NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Massachusetts
Research Fields
Technology, Art
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Thoracic PARG
CUSTOMER Orbital Medicine
INDUSTRY Academic

Orbital Medicine, a small business focused on aerospace medicine, and Purdue University demonstrated an experimental medical technology designed to treat a collapsed lung in zero gravity (which is a gravity-dependent procedure). Multiple flights on New Shepard helped develop this technology to a near-final version that could one day save lives in space. Work was funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program.

Mission Number
NS-7 (December 12, 2017); NS-11 (May 2, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Virginia, Indiana
Research Fields
Technology, Life Science, Physical Science, Fluids
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VIP
CUSTOMER Controlled Dynamics
INDUSTRY Commercial

Controlled Dynamics' Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) aimed to separate payloads from the normally occurring vibrations experienced during spaceflight. The payload allowed researchers to have a clearer understanding of microgravity’s effects on their research results.

Mission Number
NS-9 (July 18, 2018); NS-10 (January 23, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
California
Research Fields
Technology
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Mini Payload
ZGGE
CUSTOMER Cumberland Elementary School
INDUSTRY Academic

Zero-Gravity Glow Experiment (ZGGE) was a partnership between Purdue University, Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette, IN., and Arete STEM. ZGGE was inspired by a second grade classroom’s question: “Can fireflies light up in space?” The payload operated by mixing the appropriate chemicals during the weightless coast period of the vehicle’s mission and observing the response with a miniature video camera.

Mission Number
NS-7 (December 12, 2017)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Indiana
Research Fields
Life Science, Physical Science
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ZGPMT
CUSTOMER Purdue University
INDUSTRY Academic

Purdue University’s payload looked at Zero-Gravity Green Propellant Management Technology (ZGPMT), which aims to help advance the use of a safer and more environmentally friendly rocket propellant by better understanding the fuel’s behavior in microgravity.

Mission Number
NS-10 (January 23, 2019)
Mission Type
Standard Payload Flight
Team Location
Indiana
Research Fields
Technology, Fluids, Physical Science
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Single Locker

Interior dimensions:
52.3 x 41.4 x 24.1 cm
(20.6 x 16.3 x 9.5 in)

Payload Mass:
11.34 kg (25 lb) payload mass

26 +/- 4 VDC
200 W peak power
Telemetry via Ethernet/USB
Flight-ready DAQ system

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Double Locker

Interior dimensions:
52.3 x 41.4 x 45.7 cm
(20.6 x 16.3 x 18.0 in)

Payload Mass:
22.68 kg (50 lb) payload mass

26 +/- 4 VDC
200 W peak power
Telemetry via Ethernet/USB
Flight-ready DAQ system

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Full Stack

Interior dimensions:
71 x 81 x 48 cm
(28 x 32 x 19 in)

Payload Mass:
68 kg (150 lb) payload mass

27 +/- 9 VDC
44 Amp peak current
Flight data via Ethernet
Flight qualified DAQ system

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Mini Payload

Exterior dimensions:
10 x 10 x 20 cm
(4 x 4 x 8 in)

Payload Mass:
0.5 kg (1.1 lb) total mass

5 VDC
4.5 W peak power
Telemetry via USB

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External PM Payload

Payloads requiring direct access to the space environment can fly on top of the New Shepard booster.

Exterior dimensions:
40.6 x 33.0 x 25.3 cm
(16 x 13.5 x 10.0 in)

Payload Mass:
11.3 kg (25 lb) total mass

27 V max 8 Amp current
Flight data via Ethernet

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Partial G-Mission

Partial gravity environments are key to supporting both exploration and science. Our newest capability allows New Shepard to spin up to a stable rate of rotation, creating centripetal acceleration in the payload lockers. Our first mission with this upgrade is scheduled for late 2022. For this debut flight with NASA, we’ll be targeting 11 rotations per minute to provide more than two minutes of continuous lunar gravity. This mission will support single and double lockers, full stack, and custom payloads.

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Your Flight To Space & Back

T-35 Minutes

T-35 Minutes

Enter the capsule and buckle up for your flight.

T-0 Minutes

T-0 Minutes

Liftoff!

T+3 Minutes

T+3 Minutes

Weightlessness begins as the capsule separates from the booster.

T+3-5 Minutes

T+3-5 Minutes

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

T+5 Minutes

T+5 Minutes

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.

T+11 Minutes

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.