Blue Origin New Shepard In-Flight Escape Test Is Today: What To Expect

Posted: Oct 5 2016, 4:04am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Blue Origin New Shepard In-Flight Escape Test is Today: What to Expect
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  • Blue Origin is Going to Have its Critical In-Flight Escape Test Today

Apparently, Blue Origin is going to have its critical in-flight escape test today. Jeff Bezos will be supervising everything very closely.

Blue Origin is a space agency headed by Jeff Bezos. This is the same Jeff Bezos who is the CEO and founder of He is an entrepreneur par excellence and a true hero of economic life.

Now he wants his space firm to launch a critical safety test of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle. The time is now and it is indeed now or never for Jeff Bezos.

Were everything to go as per plan, the capsule will charge into outer space away from its rocket. The site of the launch pad will be Western Texas. The test launch will be shown live on webcast by Blue Origin at 10:45 am ET. The time is today and it will make for an interesting spectacle for all sorts of viewers.

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Blue Origin is deeply involved in the making of the New Shepard which consists of a capsule and rocket. They are both capable of being reused. The purpose is taking people and experimental equipment into suborbital space. Already four such flights have been undertaken and they have all been remarkably successful.

The space suborbital flights began in November 2015. They have continued unabated. The rockets had soft landings on the ground and as for the capsules, they landed via parachutes. However, today’s test mission will be radically different from the erstwhile tests.

45 seconds after liftoff, at 16,000 feet, an intentional ordering of an escape route will be accomplished, according to Wired. There will be spare separation systems that will disengage the crew capsule from the booster rocket.

This will occur at the exact moment the escape motor undergoes ignition. The escape motor is situated beneath the capsule. It will burn brightly for a brief time span amounting to 2 seconds. During this time, blast-off will occur and the vehicle will be led hundreds of feet away from the rocket.

The capsule will be in cruise mode for some time. Then three drogue parachutes will be utilized at the uppermost region of its flight path. The main parachutes will open after awhile thereby ensuring that the New Shepard makes a touchdown safely and securely.

As for the rocket, it will probably have no such luck. Over 70,000 pounds of sheer thrust will be exerted by the capsule’s escape motor, according to This will deliver a knock-out punch to the rocket which will most likely not make it safe and sound back to earth.

Were this plan to succeed, it will have been the fifth successful flight by Blue Origin. Such a scheme of things will make Jeff Bezos very proud of his administration and staff.

They would definitely get a pat on the back from him. If the booster rocket does manage to make it whole and in one piece from this flight, it will be retired from its job and probably put in a museum for display purposes.

In case, the booster rocket is lost and it heads for the ground, it will have a lot of propellant still in it. There will be quite an explosion in the desert where it will make a crash landing.

The booster rockets of Blue Origin are explosion tubes of sorts. For all those pyromaniacs out there, watching the explosion in the desert will surely make their day.

The launch was meant to take place a day before today but poor weather in Western Texas forced Jeff Bezos to postpone the launch till today. The complex series of maneuvers that will be engaged in by the booster rocket and the capsule are such that they defy the human imagination.

It just goes to show you that the scientific method has a few miracles up its sleeves! Blue Origin is a rival and competitor of SpaceX which belongs to Elon Musk.

The fact that SpaceX saw a catastrophe take place when its rocket burst into flames a short while after takeoff shows that currently the graph is going up for Blue Origin. Elon Musk must be getting a bad case of what can only be called the green-eyed monster (that is jealousy).

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