Video of Blue Origin New Shepard Flight

Video Caption: New Shepard flew again for the seventh time on Dec. 12, 2017, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 7 (M7), the mission featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0.

Crew Capsule 2.0 features large windows, measuring 2.4 feet wide, 3.6 feet tall. M7 also included 12 commercial, research and education payloads on board.

Crew Capsule 2.0 reached an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL/326,075 feet MSL (98.27 kilometers AGL/99.39 kilometers MSL). The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL/325,702 feet MSL (98.16 kilometers AGL/99.27 kilometers MSL).

Editor’s Note:  Jeff Bezos tweeted that an instrumented test dummy was on board the spacecraft.

  • therealdmt

    Cool video. I didn’t follow this closely, but was there no livestream? If not, but only an edited video after the fact, that doesn’t show a ton of confidence yet.

    Anyway, they got their new version up and running and even hosted some payloads — good job! I wonder when we should expect to see the first manned test flights and then the first manned commercial flight? Should be cool…

  • ThomasLMatula

    Good job! Congratulations on another submccess flight for New Shepard!

  • Kirk

    Great overhead, slow motion view of the capsule landing, nicely showing the effects of the soft-land braking rockets.

  • therealdmt

    My thought, besides that the video was pretty great, was that, man, that landing would mess up my back! But, probably no problem for someone who doesn’t have back issues. I’d ride back on the booster though — I like the way that lands.

    I wish they’d shown the view from the capsule at max altitude. I’m sure that’ll come soon enough though

  • Kirk

    Would the reclined seating help?

    From flight 5, telemetry shows a 16 mph descent speed under three parachutes, and they’ve said that, with the braking rockets, it hits the ground at only about 1 mph. So if those rockets slow by 15 mph = 22 fps in 0.1 seconds, that would be about 7g deceleration on top of 1g gravitation. (And I’ve no idea how close a guess 0.1 seconds is.) During flight 4 they said that the capsule experiences a sustained 5g during reentry. I’d expect those two events would yield considerably different experiences.

  • Obediah Headstrong

    Great! But next time please go higher.

  • therealdmt

    “Would the reclined seating help?”

    Thinking about it just now, it would probably have to be Virgin Galactic or DreamChaser for me

  • Robert Sutton

    Does anyone have any idea why it didn’t get to 100km ?

  • Kirk

    > And I’ve no idea how close a guess 0.1 seconds is.
    Now having seen the interior video, it looks as if the braking rockets fire for nearly half a second, meaning that they are adding less than 2g deceleration.