New Shepard Payloads

Affordable Access to Space For Your Payload, Research or Experiment

Designed With
Researchers In Mind

New Shepard offers flights to space over 100 km and accommodations for payloads both inside our comfortable cabin or controlled exposure to the space environment. With about 4 minutes of high-quality microgravity, the cabin is ideal for microgravity physics, gravitational biology, technology demonstrations and educational programs. Payloads adjacent to the largest windows in space or mounted on the outside of the vehicle can deliver world-class Earth, atmospheric and space science research.

Our frequent flight schedule will allow you to launch your experiment multiple times to iterate on findings, improve statistics or rapidly collect data. As human flights begin, you’ll also be able to fly with your payloads for hands-on experimentation.

From academic research and corporate technology development to educational payloads and entrepreneurial ventures, our private platform offers unparalleled access.

Contact us about your payload and learn about preparing it for spaceflight. Inside the cabin, we can readily accommodate experiments from a few ounces up to 225 lb., with custom solutions available for larger payloads. As described in our Payload User’s Guide below, these payloads are supported by our unique avionics system and software, including flight-qualified:

  • Robust control systems
  • Cameras
  • Data storage
  • Electrical power
  • Vehicle telemetry data
  • Benchtop development units for programming in your lab, so you can develop and implement complex experiments faster than ever before

Payload User's Guide

A Detailed Guide to Interfaces, Environments and Operations For In-Cabin Payloads

Request the Guide

Payloads are Configured Into the New Shepard Crew Capsule in Stacks

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

For Experiments In the Cabin, We’ve Developed Standard Interfaces In Three Sizes

Single Payload Locker

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

25 pounds / 11.34 kg payload mass

26 +/- 4 VDC
200 W peak power
Flight data via Ethernet
Flight-qualified DAQ system

Double Payload Locker

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

50 pounds / 22.68 kg payload mass

26 +/- 4 VDC
200 W peak power
Flight data via Ethernet
Flight-qualified DAQ system


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

1.1 pounds / 0.5 kg total mass

4.5 W peak power
Flight data via USB

Payload Integration Provided by NanoRacks

NanoLabs Provide Access to Space For Students

For less than the price of new football uniforms, schools around the world are now developing their own space programs. From STEM outreach with younger kids to graduate level research, our student NanoLabs offer a uniquely affordable way to access space.

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