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NewsDec 12, 2017

Crew Capsule 2.0 First Flight

New Shepard flew again for the seventh time on Dec. 12, 2017, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 7 (M7), the mission featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0. Crew Capsule 2.0 features large windows, measuring 2.4 feet wide, 3.6 feet tall. M7 also included 12 commercial, research and education payloads onboard. Crew Capsule 2.0 reached an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL/326,075 feet MSL (98.27 kilometers AGL/99.39 kilometers MSL). The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL/325,702 feet MSL (98.16 kilometers AGL/99.27 kilometers MSL).

Also on board, Blue’s instrumented test dummy “Mannequin Skywalker”. Check out his full ride to space and back here.

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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.