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Blue Origin to launch uncrewed New Shepard rocket Thursday after delay

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A Blue Origin rocket and New Shepard capsule on its Texas launch pad. The business’s uncrewed NS-23 mission will lift off on Sept. 1, 2022.(Image credit: Blue Origin)

Update: Blue Origin is currently targeting Sept. 1 at 9: 30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) for the launch of its NS-23 suborbital mission.


Blue Origin plans to launch its next space mission on Thursday morning (Sept. 1), and you could watch the uncrewed action live.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle is scheduled to lift off Wednesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) from the business’s West Texas launch site, that is close to the town of Van Horn. You can view it go on Space.com, thanks to Blue Origin, or directly via the business. The webcast will start about 20 minutes before launch, the business has said.

Blue Origin originally hoped to launch the mission called NS-23, since it would be the 23rd New Shepard flight on Wednesday (Aug. 31), but inclement weather conditions prevented the liftoff. The business is longing for better weather on Thursday at exactly the same launch time. “We’re continuing to track the elements in West Texas,” Blue Origin wrote in a Twitter update (opens in new tab).

The NS-23 missionisn’t carrying any space tourists aloft. It is a cargo-only flight that may take 36 payloads on a short jaunt to suborbital space and back, 18 of these funded by NASA.

In photos: Blue Origin’s 1st New Shepard passenger launch with Jeff Bezos

“Twenty-four payloads are from K-12 schools, universities and STEM-focused organizations,” Blue Origin wrote within an Aug. 24 update (opens in new tab), which includes detailed descriptions of a few of the experiments. (“STEM” means “science, technology, engineering and math.”)

“That is double the amount of education-focused payloads from previous payload flight manifests,” the business, that is run by Jeff Bezos, added in the update. “Oftentimes, these payloads expose students as early as elementary school to STEM skills like coding, environmental testing and CAD [computer-aided design] design often not taught until college.”

New Shepard includes a rocket and a capsule, both which are reusable. Blue Origin currently operates two New Shepard vehicles, one for space tourism and something for payload-only flights.

The business has launched six crewed missions up to now, every one of them since July 2021. NS-23 would be the first payload-only flight since August of this past year.

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