Yet Another Uncrewed New Shepard Launches Science Payloads

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Daily Space, Rockets | 0 comments

IMAGE: New Shepard landing on the pad in West Texas on August 26, 2021, with the NASA Lunar Landing Sensor Demo mounted on the exterior of the booster during this planned second flight. CREDIT: Blue Origin

On August 26 at 14:31 UTC, a Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital rocket launched the NS-17 mission from the company’s Van Horn, Texas, launch site. Onboard were eighteen scientific payloads and no human passengers. Eleven of the payloads were NASA-supported.

On the outside of the booster was NASA’s Deorbit Descent and Landing Sensor Demonstration, which improved on a sensor package previously flown on the NS-13 flight back in 2020. The technology will allow landing at sites on the Moon not possible during the Apollo missions.

NS-17 also carried artwork on the outside of the uncrewed capsule: three paintings that were installed on the main chute covers. Made by Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo, they depict himself, his mother, and a friend’s mother.

Both the booster and capsule landings were successful. 

More Information

Blue Origin press release

Uplift Aerospace press release

Launch video

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