Details on Blue Origin New Shepard Flight

Crew Capsule 2.0 after a successful landing. (Credit: Blue Origin)

New Shepard Mission 7 Test Flight
Mission Fact Sheet

Mission Overview

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 onboard.

M7 Mission Details

  • Launch time: 10:59 a.m. CST
  • Booster Apogee
    • o 322,032 feet (AGL) (98.16 kilometers)
    • 325,702 feet (MSL) (99.27 kilometers)
  • Crew Capsule 2.0 Apogee
    • 322,405 feet (AGL) (98.27 kilometers)
    • 326,075 feet (MSL) (99.39 kilometers)
  • Maximum ascent velocity: Mach 2.94
  • Booster maximum descent velocity: Mach 3.74
  • Booster re-ignition: 3,716 feet (AGL)
  • Controlled vertical landing of Booster: 6.75 mph
  • Deployment of Crew Capsule 2.0 drogue parachutes: 6,463 feet (AGL)
  • Landing of Crew Capsule 2.0 under parachutes: 11:10 a.m. CST
  • Total mission elapsed time: 10 minutes and 6 seconds

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    Huh, they didn’t make it to 100 km, but still had enough delta-V to at the landing. I wonder what that’s about.

  • Aerospike

    In the short highlights video it looked like the booster had a pretty long engine burn before liftoff so they probably lost a bit of deltaV there. Also the booster was hovering quite a bit before landing, they had much more aggressive landings before.

    I guess overall they just wanted to have a good amount of margin on the first flight of brand new hardware.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Landing in the midst of Texas desert scrub. Space tourists beware! When you get the chance to ride in the NS capsule up to 100 km+, and return to terra firma, don’t step out of the capsule into the Texas scrub during the warmer seasons! A rattlesnake maybe waiting for you.

  • windbourne

    What is interesting is that technically, they have STILL not going into space. So, nope, not 100+ km.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    So? If you’re one meter or 100 meters short of a 100 km altitude, you are not a space traveler. Ha ha ha. Sorry, no wings for you. Forget what you experience and see 99 km up, it’s not worth it! LOL.

  • Enrique Moreno

    This time. In other launching they reached more thant 100km (103.8km at 3rd fligth)

  • delphinus100

    Are the passengers complaining? Oh, wait…

    Okay, they didn’t push a new vehicle to the limit, the first time out. Nothing new there.