Blue Origin will launch its suborbital rocketNew Shepard and the crew capsule as part of a test run (so far without people) from the company's site in West Texas. The take-off window opens at 9:30 AM EDT (16:30 Moscow time). The mission will send 38 scientific experiments, including nine from the NASA Flight Opportunities program, and they will spend a few minutes in microgravity.
Launch of the Blue Origin New Shepard-11 rocket: live broadcast
One of the commercially available goodscourtesy of New Century Technology High School from Huntsville, Alabama. This experiment will study temperature drops in microgravity, and students will be given the opportunity to work on the design of the experiment with NASA engineers.
Since Blue Origin plans to startpassenger suborbital tourist flights at the end of this year, it will probably be one of the last flight tests before the rocket system starts transporting people.
Specifically, today's scientific mission, like all New Shepard flights, will take place from a company facility in West Texas, about 50 kilometers north of the city of Van Horn, Texas.
Missile BE-3 New Shepard will bring unmannedNew Shepard Crew Capsule capsule and scientific experiments with it on a suborbital height above the Karman line - the 100-kilometer mark of the internationally recognized boundary of space.
After the capsule is put into space, the launch vehicle will separate from the capsule and head for Earth, where it will fall three kilometers from the launch site onto the deployable supports.
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