Blue Origin has efficiently accomplished its second human flight utilizing its New Shepard launch automobile, with the crew capsule safely touching down within the Texas desert on Wednesday afternoon native time. The RSS First Step mission sees one other 4 astronauts minted via Blue Origin’s nascent area tourism enterprise, together with author, actor and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.
Blue Origin accomplished the first human flight of its reusable New Shephard spacecraft again in July, and in early October introduced the crew for the NS-18 mission. This included the corporate’s boss of flight operations Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Dr Chris Boshuizen, scientist and businessman Glen de Vries, and the 90-year-old Shatner.
The spacecraft lifted off efficiently from Blue Origin’s Launch Website One in West Texas on Wednesday morning, earlier than separating and sending the crew capsule towards a goal altitude of 66 miles (106 km) above floor degree. Right here at apogee the crew skilled some moments of weightlessness and loved panoramic views of the Earth and surrounding area atmosphere.
In the meantime, the New Shepard booster got here right down to land on Earth, the fourth profitable touchdown for that booster, with the capsule quickly following. Essential chutes slowed the descent to 16 mph (26 km/h) and the capsule was slowed additional to simply 1 mph earlier than gently touching down within the West Texas desert.
This marks the nineteenth consecutive crew capsule touchdown for Blue Origin, and its profitable return sees William Shatner turn into the oldest particular person to have ever flown into area.
You may take a look at a full replay of the NS-18 mission beneath.
Replay: New Shepard Mission NS-18 Webcast
Supply: Blue Origin