Blue Origin plans to launch its subsequent space mission on Wednesday morning (Aug. 31), and you may watch the uncrewed motion dwell.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital car is scheduled to elevate off Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) from the corporate’s West Texas launch website, which is close to the city of Van Horn. You can watch it dwell right here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or instantly through the corporate.
The mission — known as NS-23, as a result of it is going to be the twenty third New Shepard flight — is not carrying any space tourists aloft. It’s a cargo-only flight that can take 36 payloads on a quick jaunt to suborbital space and again, 18 of them funded by NASA.
In images: 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 in an Aug. 24 update (opens in new tab), which has detailed descriptions of among the experiments. (“STEM” stands for “science, technology, engineering and math.”)
“This is double the number of education-focused payloads from previous payload flight manifests,” the corporate, which is run by Jeff Bezos, added within the replace. “In many cases, these payloads expose students as young as elementary school to STEM skills like coding, environmental testing and CAD [computer-aided design] design often not taught until college.”
New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, each of that are reusable. Blue Origin at present operates two New Shepard autos, one for space tourism and one for payload-only flights.
The firm has launched six crewed missions up to now, all of them since July 2021. NS-23 would be the first payload-only flight since August of final yr.
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