How to watch a Blue Origin rocket return to flight

The rocket company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will launch its New Shepard suborbital vehicle for the first time in 15 months on Monday, and the event will be streamed live.

This uncrewed mission will carry 33 scientific and research payloads to the frontier of space, along with 38,000 postcards for the Future Club, Blue Origin’s initiative to inspire future generations to pursue careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Blue Origin suspended flights in September 2022 following crew layoffs The new Shepard rocket exploded in midair shortly after launching from the company’s West Texas facility.

Previously, Blue Origin used a single-stage New Shepard rocket to transport high-paying tourists. during flights to the edge of spacewith the last taking place in August 2022.

While the mid-air malfunction was clearly a setback for Blue Origin, engineers were pleased to see that the cabin crew’s emergency escape system worked properly and deflected the capsule away from the exploding rocket before making a safe parachute landing in the desert.

An investigation into the incident revealed that the thruster on the New Shepard engine experienced a “structural fatigue failure”, causing a thrust deflection that triggered the capsule’s emergency escape system.

As a result, several corrective steps were taken, including redesigning the engine’s combustion chamber and adjusting some of its operating parameters.

Monday’s successful flight paves the way for a return to tourist flights, although Blue Origin may still decide to send at least one more unmanned capsule into the sky before confirming such a decision.

How to watch

#NS24 aiming to launch tomorrow at 8:30 CST / 14:30 UTC. The webcast starts at T-20 minutes https://t.co/7Y4TherpLr. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/u6ptLwCPfa

– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) December 17, 2023

Blue Origin plans to launch the New Shepard rocket from its West Texas facility on Monday, December 18.

Kickoff is scheduled for t 8:30 a.m. local time, which is 9:30 a.m. ET and 6:30 a.m. PT. The mission will be streamed live on blueorigin.com and the webcast will begin 20 minutes before launch.

Viewers will see the launch of the rocket, the separation of the capsule from the rocket, the moment the capsule reaches its maximum height near the Kármán line (the place generally considered to be where the universe begins), the upright landing of the New Shepard rocket, and the landing of the crew cabin with the help of a parachute.

Be sure to check out Blue Origin’s social media resources for any late schedule changes.

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