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Blue Origin successfully launches New Shepard

The Explorers Club extends its congratulations to Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin engineeering and space teams for the successful first developmental test flight of the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft. It climbed to 307,000 feet before the crew capsule successfully was parachuted back to earth.

The New Shepard is designed to take off and land vertically with a reusable first-stage booster.  It is propelled with a 110,000-lbf thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine, with a larger version (550,000-ibf thrust) already in the works for future flights. No timetable has yet been set for future test flights.

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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