Updates Blue Origin New Shepard News and Updates

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You need to look at the overall long-term picture. This is just a test bed for technologies that they can patent, license or sell to others: - engines, landing system, parachutes, etc.
Having flown dozens of successful test missions is a good selling point.
 

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You need to look at the overall long-term picture. This is just a test bed for technologies that they can patent, license or sell to others: - engines, landing system, parachutes, etc.
Having flown dozens of successful test missions is a good selling point.

Also, it seems to be about not crashing. Those testflights that failed did not become that public as for example for SpaceX. Its really a gradual development process with REALLY minimal risk.

Sadly. I think they could take some more risks now.
 

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From the FAQ:
astronaut will go through two days of training and preparations prior to flight.
Seems a bit short, no? I would have expected a week, or something, considering that's it 3 minutes weightlessness and 5.5 G during re-entry, combined with the emotional stress of flying the first manned flight.

Also, from the Terms and conditions:
Sit strapped into the CC’s reclined seat for forty (40) minutes, but up to ninety (90) minutes if there is a long launch delay, without getting up, and without access to a bathroom.
Have they learned absolutely nothing from Alan Shepard's flight? :p
(Shepard famously didn't have any urine collection system, which turned out to be a problem after long holds during the countdown, forcing him to urinate in his suit before launch)
 

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Have they learned absolutely nothing from Alan Shepard's flight? :p
(Shepard famously didn't have any urine collection system, which turned out to be a problem after long holds during the countdown, forcing him to urinate in his suit before launch)
Thus the name of the launch system. 🤣
 

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The "show" starts at 15 minutes.
That went up faster than a Sprint missile! 🤯🤯🤯🤯
 

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28 million (+ 1.7 million in commission) dollars for a 10 minute spaceflight ... 😅 Oh well, it is all donated to a good cause.

Will be interesting to see how historic this flight will be, and how much it will be remembered in a decade or two. Seems like the buyer thinks that it will be, as we are in orbital spaceflight tourism price range here. But I doubt that it will be. I have heard about the Wright brothers, Blériot, Lindbergh and Earhart, but I have no idea who the first airplane passenger was.
 

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5.5 Gs reentry deccel at 82? The woman must have kept fit as hell, or she won't be having a good time... BO is taking quite a risk here, in my oppinion.
 

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5.5 Gs reentry deccel at 82? The woman must have kept fit as hell, or she won't be having a good time... BO is taking quite a risk here, in my oppinion.

Since it is for a really short instance of time, it should be no health risk. The capsule slows down from Mach 3, not Mach 25.
 

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5.5 Gs reentry deccel at 82? The woman must have kept fit as hell, or she won't be having a good time... BO is taking quite a risk here, in my oppinion.
Orientation matters too. Short duration 5.5 g pushing you into a fully reclined seat isn't like pulling continuous 5.5 g in a fighter ejection seat with a much more upright incline which pulls all of the blood out of your head.

Besides, I am sure BO has participants signing their lives away on liability waivers.
 

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If you’d just laid out $28 million for a seat in the first ballistic 15 minute sub-orbital flight would you give it up because of a scheduling conflict? :oops:
 

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If you’d just laid out $28 million for a seat in the first ballistic 15 minute sub-orbital flight would you give it up because of a scheduling conflict? :oops:

Who knows? I wouldn't lay out $28 million for a 15-minute spaceflight in the first place. Orbit, on the other hand...
 

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If you’d just laid out $28 million for a seat in the first ballistic 15 minute sub-orbital flight would you give it up because of a scheduling conflict? :oops:
$28 million would be about the passive income made in one year by a barely billionaire invested purely in bonds. If they have 10s of billions in any better investment it's maybe a few weeks worth of passive income. Once you get rich enough, you make money far faster than you can spend it.
 
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