Blue Origin’s New Shepard Set to Fly on Monday

Editor’s Note: There is a daily notice to airmen (NOTAM) posted for Monday, Jan. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 1330 to 2000 UTC (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST/7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST).

  • Robert G. Oler

    the future is coming…go go go

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    The launch gets delayed by more than a month, and then you make your people work a holiday? It really couldn’t have waited *one* more day?

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Most people work on MLK day, get off the government teat.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    That was rude. I’m not “on the government teat”; I work in the private sector.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Which means you likely work…so why would you even bring that up then?
    I don’t care if the calendar says MLK day, Independence day, a damn full moon, it’s just another work day.

  • Paul_Scutts

    LOL. It’s full steam ahead at BO, Bob, and Richard Branson is again frantically reaching for his can of deodorant. 🙂 Regards, Paul.

  • Robert G. Oler

    I actually think both Bezos and Branson are the folks who will change history for humans in space…they are concentrating on people

  • Paul_Scutts

    Whilst, Bob, I wish them both all success, to “change history for humans in space”, IMO, will take orbital plus, together with a concentration upon lowest cost. Therefore, my money is on SpaceX to be the one who will change history. Blue Origin, possibly, but very much in the role of follower, not leader. Regards, Paul.

  • delphinus100

    (shrug) My job has no holiday between New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

    Nor my previous two jobs…

  • Robert G. Oler

    one has to hope I am starting to think SpaceX ismore hat and not so much cattle

  • duheagle

    Starting?

  • windbourne

    Yeah, it is not like Dragon 2 or BFR will go to space carrying ppl, let alone to another planet or moon.

  • windbourne

    BO is still 3-4 years away from competing with FH.
    And by that time, there is a decent chance that BFR will go around the moon, if not land on it.

  • windbourne

    Most businesses in America do not consider that a holiday.
    In addition, most of the aviation companies will work on holidays esp when it is dealing with launches.

  • windbourne

    Unless you work for a bank, then you likely work on Monday, unless you are not in America.

  • Robert G. Oler

    LOL BFR the fantasy rocket

    Dragon 2 and CST are well Big G.

  • Robert G. Oler

    in 3 to 4 years Musk will still be explaining how BFR or whatever it is called is going through yet another redesign…

  • Robert G. Oler

    Whilst, Bob, I wish them both all success, to “change history for humans
    in space”, IMO, will take orbital plus, together with a concentration
    upon significantly lowering cost.

    Maybe maybe not

    we will see. right now there is near nothing for people to do once they get in orbit other then puke, look out the window, maybe do some micro gee sex and then what? there are not great hotels to go to, no “space experience”…what you have is ISS which has a limited number (even if it is expanded) of slots for people to go to…and the cost are very high

    I’ll be curious to see how it goes…but it is completely possible that Branson and Bezos suborbital stuff …are the next or first depending on how you count for people into space.

    Of course its the well heeled, but for what 1/4 million dollars now a LOT of people can experience “the ride” and then its over. and others try it…and report on it.

    if this happens these will be very large numbers of people…spreading this experience…call it spacecamp for the well heeled …and that alone will change the dynamic far more then oh a very very small number of visitors to ISS or event he fantasy of Dear Moon and dance lessons in space.

    It maybe that its not the “time in space” but the experience itself related through lots of people that changes things

    When I came back from iraq I was in pretty excellent shape and during the coast down period before going back to my old employeer I put down some money, did all the work ups and went up Kilimanjaro with a group…doing the Branson or Bezos sub flight could be the next “Everest” challenge (I want to do Ari this coming summer and am getting back in shape for that…last summer it was dive on Brittanic.)

    We will see but I will say this. everyday that goes on right now, with every bit of news I suspect that SpaceX cost reductions are either far less than claimed or hope for…are next to non existant

    the USAF right now thinks that its the NASA Dragon contract that is carrying them. I have it from folks who wear the blue suits with stars on their shoulders that fewer and fewer people in the light blue believe the cost savings.

    see how it works out

  • windbourne

    And yet, BFR is further ahead than say New Glenn.

  • Robert G. Oler

    only on fantasy island

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    I guess I’ve just gotten lucky with my jobs then. Though I never get Columbus day off.

  • windbourne

    Raptor engines are working.
    Fuel system is working.
    Most of avionics are working. Just have to figure out some new settings/constants.
    They have landing accomplished with Falcon9/H, along with life-support systems as needed on Dragon 2.
    Right now, they have to determine how workable 301 will be for them, but I suspect they have done the math and proven that the idea is solid.

    How long will that take? In less than a year, they will likely be building the new BFR/BFS.

    Where exactly is BO with New Shepard, let alone New Glenn?

  • windbourne

    and new shepard started around the same time as the F1. Are they flying cargo or humans. Yet?

  • Robert G. Oler

    and with more handwaving the rocket will leave for mars in 24 or whatever.

    all of that is fiction. fan boy fantasy