The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on January 12 that the airspace over the Blue Origin Proving Ground in West Texas will be closed daily from 9:45 am to 4:00 pm local time from January 14 to 17. Typically, an aviation ban is introduced here when Blue Origin performs test launches of its reusable suborbital spacecraft, New Shepard.
Blue Origin today confirmed its intention to launch New Shepard on January 14 at 10:45 am EST (6:45 pm Moscow time). The company said that in connection with preparations for the launch of the manned New Shepard, the spacecraft received updates that will be used by the crew in the future. These include improved controls, displays and communications, and a temperature control system.
The capsule will have six seats, one of which will be occupied by the Mannequin Skywalker. Also on board the ship will go into space more than 50,000 postcards from students as part of the project of the non-profit organization Blue Origin’s Club for the Future. The mission will be broadcast live on the company’s website and YouTube channel.
New Shepard last flew on October 13, 2020 as part of the NS-13 mission, carrying a number of research and demonstration payloads. This was the first flight of a spacecraft since December 2019. During the webcast of the launch, Blue Origin representatives said it would need “a couple more flights” before the capsule with the astronauts on board is launched.
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