19:18 GMT28 October 2020
Listen Live
    Tech
    Get short URL
    by
    392
    Subscribe

    On 18 August, the Elon Musk-owned SpaceX company pushed the boundaries for rocket recycling further after landing the booster of its Falcon 9 craft for the sixth time, matching Blue Origin’s world record for reusing its New Shepard rocket.

    Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin is expected to launch its reusable suborbital New Shepard rocket booster in a new mission on Thursday, which will mark the seventh time the same craft has been sent into space - a world record for rocket reuse.

    New Shepard’s upcoming mission, dubbed NS-13 – the company’s 13th mission to space, is set to fly 12 commercial payloads, including a NASA landing sensor demonstration.

    “This is the first of two flights to test these lunar landing technologies, increasing confidence for successful missions in the Artemis program. NS-13 is part of the risk reduction process to test these types of sensors for future missions,” Blue Origin said in a news release.

    Alongside the payloads, Blue Origin said that the NS-13 flight will carry “tens of thousands of postcards from students around the world” created for the company’s nonprofit Club for the Future.

    The launch will take place Thursday, 24 September, at 10:00 am CDT/15:00 UTC.

    If launch and landing of the NS-13 is successful, Blue Origin will surpass rival SpaceX in reusing a single rocket, as the latter has reached Blue Origin’s record after a Falcon 9 completed its sixth flight to space on 18 August.

    The New Shepard, initially designed for space tourism, conducted its sixth mission in December 2019, carrying a number of NASA-sponsored science experiments to suborbital space.

    Related:

    Blue Origin Successfully Reuses Rocket Booster
    Test Mishap of Blue Origin’s Engine to Replace Russian RD-180 Not Uncommon - US
    Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin New Shepard Spaceship Launch Successful (VIDEO)
    Blue Origin Tests Rocket Engine as US Seeks to Replace Russian RD-180
    It’s a Success! Blue Origin Conducts First Hot-Fire Test of BE-4 Engine
    Tags:
    record, mission, New Shepard, Blue Origin, Space
    Community standardsDiscussion