Manifest for Blue Origin’s New Shepard Flight on Wednesday

Credit: Blue Origin

VAN HORN, Texas (Blue Origin PR) — An awesome feature of New Shepard is its modular interior design. While in the future it will feature six seats to fly people, we’re already flying science and education experiments for microgravity research.

On Mission 9, we welcome our third round of payload customers from commercial companies, universities and space agencies. They will share the cabin with Blue Origin’s Mannequin Skywalker for their flight to space.

Below is a selection of customers slated to fly on Mission 9:

Schmitt Space Communicator Xperimental (SC1-x)
Solstar (Santa Fe,
NM), developed with private funding and with support from NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program

On New Shepard Mission 8, Solstar demonstrated the first commercial WiFi in space. On this reflight, they will take advantage of the Crew Capsule’s high altitude escape and continue testing WiFi access throughout the flight.

GAGa (Granular Anisotropic Gases)
Otto-von-Guericke
University (Magdeburg, Germany) with end-to-end service provider OLYMPIASPACE
(Darmstadt, Germany) and funding from German space agency, DLR

The GAGa payload investigates the statistics of granular gases, dilute collections of solid grains that interact by random collisions. Data from GAGa on New Shepard Mission 9 will help validate existing theoretical models and contribute to understanding the dynamics of related systems like avalanches and cosmic dust clouds.

Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2 (SFEM-2)
NASA Johnson Space
Center (Houston, TX)

SFEM-2 was first flown on Mission 8 of New Shepard, and will collect additional data on Mission 9. The experiment will record vehicle conditions including cabin pressure, temperature, CO2, acoustic conditions, and acceleration.

Condensed Droplet Experiment for NASA in Sub-Orbital Spaceflight (ConDENSS)
Purdue University
(West Lafayette, IN), funded through NASA Flight Opportunities Program

ConDENSS will examine the behavior of small droplets of water in order to support the development of small and efficient heat transfer systems for spaceflight. These systems, called phase change heat transfer systems, provide more uniform surface temperatures and higher power capacities.

APL Electromagnetic Field Experiment
Johns Hopkins
University Applied Physics Laboratory, funded through NASA Flight Opportunities Program

This experiment marks the first flight of the JANUS 2.1 platform with sensors to monitor magnetic fields and ambient pressure inside the vehicle. Previous versions of JANUS were flown on New Shepard Missions 6 and 7.

Vibration Isolation Platform Data Logger
Controlled Dynamics, funded
through NASA Flight Opportunities Program

VIP DL is a technology demo for an active stabilization platform that aims to allow the most sensitive payloads flying on New Shepard to be isolated from ambient vibrations, allowing for even higher precision microgravity studies.

mu Space-1
mu Space Corporation (Bangkok, Thailand)

The first of Blue Origin’s New Glenn customers to purchase a slot on New Shepard, mu Space’s payload includes an assortment of scientific and medical items, several textile materials they plan to use on their future space suit and apparel, and other special articles for their community partners.

Blue Origin “Fly My Stuff”
A special addition to the Mission 9 payload manifest is a suite of payloads from Blue Origin employees as a part of our internal “Fly My Stuff” program.

For more information on our payloads program, please visit https://www.blueorigin.com/payloads/

  • Cameron

    The high-altitude escape motor test sounds interesting. I presume this is the same escape mode as tested previously at max-Q. Depending how late the fire it, it might provide an extra high apogee too?

  • Kirk

    From the altitude display on the webcast, apogee appeared to be 393,546 ft = 119,952 m.

  • Bulldog

    Beautiful mission! 383,000 foot+ apogee and textbook landing. Well done Blue Origin, congratulations to the entire team!

  • Kirk

    Nice view of the landing, with landing retros appearing to bring it to a halt just above the ground.

  • gunsandrockets

    Well, if Blue Origin hasn’t announced it yet, we now know the weight of the New Shepard capsule: 7,000 pounds.

    During the lead up to launch, the announcer (I forgot her name) said the escape system produces 70,000 pounds of thrust. And at the end of the broadcast she said that ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ endured a maximum of 10 gees during the escape system test.

  • Kirk

    I wonder if they have calculated the probability of the unlikely event of the capsule colliding with the booster while landing under parachute, and just what the hazard of such an even could be.

    I shot an arrow into the air,It fell to earth, I knew not where;

  • ThomasLMatula

    Congratulations! Blue Origins makes it look routine.

  • Jeff2Space

    The booster has fins for steering, allowing it to direct its trajectory so it can land on the concrete landing pad. It’s safe to say that they always plan on the two landing a safe distance away from each other. For a collision to happen, there would have to be a complete failure of the booster’s ability to control its descent and a coincidental collision. Doesn’t seem very likely.

  • Kirk

    But the booster lands first, with the capsule coming down next under unguided parachutes. I don’t know how misleading the camera angles were, but the booster on its landing pad was visible not too far away from the capsule’s landing spot on this flight, something I’ve not seen on the previous flights.