Blue Origin Scrubs for the Day

New Shepard in flight (Credit: Blue Origin)

Report indicates that Blue Origin scrubbed the launch of its upgraded New Shepard rocket and capsule this afternoon. The flight had been set for 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST), then was pushed back an hour before being scrubbed. The uncrewed suborbital capsule is set to carry experiments.

No word on the cause of the scrub or when the flight might be rescheduled at Blue Origin’s test site near Van Horn, Texas. The company has issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) to stay clear of the area during potential flight hours through Thursday.

This will be the first launch of a New Shepard suborbital system since October 2015. A new booster and spacecraft have been built incorporating upgrades based on lessons learned from the earlier series of six launches.

  • jimmycrackcorn


  • Any idea why there has been a gap in flights from Oct 2016 until
    the present?

  • ThomasLMatula

    It takes a while to build a rocket. Work on the current New Shepard didn’t start until they analyzed and understood from the data on the last one how to improve it. Same with its engine. That is how Blue Origins works,”Gradatim Ferociter”, (Step by Step, Ferociously)!

  • ThomasLMatula

    Congratulations on another flight! Go New Shepard!