Blue Origin sets a new record: six birds with one stone! Without much applause

world’s richest man, Bezos, Blue Origin set a new record: the same rocket successfully achieved its sixth launch and recovery, and its fifth reuse.

Judging from the number of reuses, this is undoubtedly a new height in the global space industry. However, I didn’t win much applause from inside and outside …

Launch at a glance

Launch time: 12:53 EST, December 11, 1:53, December 12, Beijing time

Launch Location: Van Horn, West Texas Launch Site

Launch Vehicle: New Shepard Rocket 3 (NS 3)

Launch mission: 9th commercial payload flight (with 100th customer payload)

Flight attributes: suborbital test flight

Flying height: the maximum flying height of the rocket is 105 kilometers

The whole time: more than 10 minutes from the launch of the rocket to the landing of the capsule

Space parcel

This launch took the ninth commercial payload mission of Blue Origin, which happened to carry the payload of the 100th customer. It mainly includes three groups of payloads:

OK GO Space Art-Earlier this year, Blue Origin teamed up with rock band OK GO to host a space art competition, select some of the award-winning works and take them to space, including hand-made figures by youth from around the world Thousand postcards.

OSCAR-This is a recycling technology experimental project of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The experimental design is to create a mixed gas from common waste to maintain life breathing, which is especially important for future human deep space exploration missions.

Columbia Education Load-A research load designed and built by Columbia University undergraduates to study the impact of micro gravity environment on cell biology.

  • Refresh data
  • Blue Origin launches for the third time this year
  • Blue Origins total 12th launch
  • New Shepard No. 3 6th launch and recovery (six arrows in one flight)
  • New Shepard Rocket 3 5th reuse
  • 9th commercial payload launch
  • Launch of the 100th customer payload
  • 6th test flight, landing of unmanned space capsule
  • 10 minutes

This is a launch one day later + N hours. Only postponed repeatedly due to weather.

Finally at local time: 11:53 noon Central Time (1:53, December 12, Beijing time), a multiplex new Shepard rocket 3 was launched.

This short, single-stage rocket, with an arrow height of 18 meters, can only release 490 kN (50 tons) of thrust with a liquid hydrogen liquid oxygen engine (BE-3).

At 2 minutes and 45 seconds after launch, the top capsule was released at a speed of 2227 mph (3600 km / h). This space capsule is designed with 6 cabins. Although this launch did not carry a real person, it still contains a dummy model for testing (officially called Sky walker), which can last for 5 minutes without weight-this is the most valuable During the period, the core selling point of Blue Origin’s commercial space journey.

As a single-stage rocket, the new Shepard rocket 3 reached a maximum of 105 kilometers (more than 100 kilometers of the Carmen line) during this flight. The rocket flew to 119 kilometers on July 18, 2018, the highest point ever to launch a new Shepard rocket.

Seven minutes and 25 seconds after launch, the rocket landed smoothly at Van Horn’s landing site. Ten minutes and 16 seconds after launch, the capsule landed on the ground with the help of 3 parachutes. The mission was successfully completed, and the whole journey took a little over 10 minutes.

This launch is still a sub-orbital test flight. Generally, a space flight above 300 kilometers is considered an orbital flight. Below this altitude, it belongs to a sub-orbital flight. , Can not fly around the earth in low earth orbit.

The reason why this mission is still a test flight is because the development of the new Shepard rocket + manned space capsule-the core purpose of this arrow ship system, for suborbital commercial flight-to create a blue origin space journey Let the space traveler feel the weightlessness for 5 minutes.

The space capsule is designed to carry 6 people. Since the first test flight on December 12, 2017, it has been in the test phase and has now tested 6 times in total.

The 6 test flights are the same partner: the same rocket (New Shepard Rocket 3) + the same space capsule (CC2.0), which is probably the ultimate pursuit of the blue origin-the multi-reuse capability of the arrow ship system , Including recycling, refurbishment capabilities and all refurbishment technologies with minimal launch intervals.

Because of this, Blue Origin has created a series of records:

Since 2015, there have been 12 launches, 12 successful launches, 100% launch success rate, and 91.66% success rate for rocket recovery (1 recovery failure).

Development and launch of three suborbital single-stage rockets:

New Shepard Rocket 1 (NS 1): Launched on April 29, 2015. The launch was smooth, and it crashed during a vertical landing (the only failure so far); the space capsule (CC1.0) successfully landed.

New Shepard Rocket 2 (NS 2): successfully launched and recovered 5 times from 2015 to 2016, achieving five flights with one shot.

New Shepard Rocket 3 (NS 3): From 2017 to present (December 2019), it has successfully launched and recovered 6 times, achieving six flights in one shot.

Judging from the number of rocket reuse times, this is undoubtedly a new height in the global space industry.

It should be noted that Space X, the first brother of Space Express, only achieved the first flight with four arrows (B1048.4) when it launched the first batch of version 1.0 star chains on Double Eleven this year. Although the Falcon 9 B5 Tier 1 rocket can be used up to 10 times as designed, it will take time to see that day.

However, the discerning person can see that no matter whether it has achieved one arrow and five flights early in 2016 or the latest one achieved six arrows, Blue Origin has never won much applause, even attention. All are pathetic. Not to mention being on par with Space X.

  • What the hell is this? See tomorrow sequel …
  • This article references:
  • Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launches 12th test flight of space tourism rocket
  • Blue Origin’s New Shepard Makes Record 6th Launch to Fly NASA Science, Student Art to Space
  • Blue Origin launches New Shepard on 12th test flight
  • Blue Origin’s New Shepard conducts 12th test launch
  • Blue Origin NS-12: New Shepard launch & landing, December 2019

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