Video of Mannequin Skywalker’s Flight Aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard

Video Caption: Footage taken from onboard cameras. Full mission recap:

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. 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).

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Very impressive. Nice calm ascent, great ….. parabolic arc …. Love it when the slip stream becomes audible on re-entry, and of course the twang of the RCS. It’s a great tourist ride, those windows make it. If it comes in at 1/10th the cost of going to orbit, it must might have some customers. It’s still a dynamic ride, going up, free fall, then re-entry and landing. But this will probably drive the technology of anti-nausea and the cleaning up of human stomach fluid spills.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    It MIGHT have some customers, you say?…I thought Doug Messier was saving all his greenbacks to take a ride up in one?

  • I’d probably rather take about 60 vacations around the world.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I still think SX might beat them with tourists to orbit. But let’s see, I’ll go pop the popcorn.

  • therealdmt

    Well that was pretty trippy

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Orbit, maybe; suborbit, no…Oh! About the nausea comment? 🙂 No hi-tech needed, just good old barf bags from airlines will do…Funny thing. I never used one for either sea-sickness or air-sickness…I found a little secret known to pirates of old; it involves a pinched ear. hint hint hint.

  • Kirk

    From the other video I calculated the deceleration from the braking rockets based on an assumed 0.1s firing time, but watching this video it sounds as if they fire for nearly half a second. That brings the deceleration down to well under 2g. Does that sound better for your back?

  • delphinus100

    They should have done something that’s common on Soyuz and Shenzhou at launch…have an object dangle from the ceiling, in the camera’s view.

    It’s a simple, intuitive way to know where the gravity/acceleration vector is at any instant, and to clearly show when free-fall/microgravity has been achieved.

  • therealdmt

    Well, it’s still the touchdown part. Reclined, I wouldn’t think the inflight gs would be too hard on the back. But watching this video, I involuntarily made a little internal “oof” sound and winced when it touched down, lol 😀

    My other thoughts was, Virgin Galactic had better get their game together and quick or it’s gonna be all over for them before they get started.

    But, if I could afford it and both services were operating safely, I’d go with Virgin for the airplane touchdown. If the ol’ back weren’t a factor, I’d go Blue Origin for those great windows…

  • jimmycrackcorn

    Perhaps the best video I have seen from B.O., puts the ride into perspective.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Looks like Space Tourism has attracted the attention of Hollywood. Pity.

    Bill Lawrence Developing Space Travel Comedy at CBS
    December 15, 2017

    By Joe Otterson

    Titled “Spaced Out,” the series is described as a multi-camera workplace ensemble set in the world of commercial space travel.

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  • Jeff2Space

    That and the period of the oscillation of the object on a string indicates the acceleration that the craft is undergoing. Sometimes the simple solution is the best solution.