Blue Origin delays New Shepard rocket launch again due to weather (Update)

Update for 10 a.m. ET: Blue Origin canceled its launch opportunity on Thursday (September 1) due to weather and has yet to release a new target date.

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Blue Origin plans to launch its next space mission Thursday morning (September 1), and you can watch the uncrewed action live.

blue origin New Shepard The suborbital vehicle is scheduled to lift off Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. GMT) from the company’s launch site in West Texas, located near the town of Van Horn. You can watch it live on, courtesy of blue origin, or directly via the company. The webcast will begin about 20 minutes before the launch, the company said.

Blue Origin originally hoped to launch the mission – called NS-23, as it will be New Shepard’s 23rd flight – on Wednesday, August 31, but poor weather conditions prevented liftoff. The company is hoping for better weather on Thursday at the same launch time. “We continue to monitor the weather in West Texas,” Blue Origin wrote in a Twitter update (opens in a new tab).

The NS-23 mission does not carry any space tourists aloft. It’s a cargo-only flight that will carry 36 payloads on a brief jaunt through suborbital space and back, 18 of which are funded by NASA.

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“Twenty-four payloads come from K-12 schools, universities and STEM-focused organizations,” Blue Origin said. written in an August 24 update (opens in a new tab), which contains detailed descriptions of some of the experiments. (“STEM” stands for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics”.)

“That’s double the number of education-focused payloads compared to previous payload flight manifestos,” the company, led by Jeff Bezos, added in the update. “In many cases, these payloads expose students as early as elementary school to STEM skills such as coding, environmental testing and CAD. [computer-aided design] design is often not taught until university.”

New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, both reusable. Blue Origin currently operates two New Shepard vehicles, one for space tourism and one for payload flights only.

The company has launched six crewed missions so far, all since July 2021. The NS-23 will be the first payload-only flight since August last year.

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