Blue Origin successfully completes its last space tourism mission
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket has successfully completed its sixth space tourism mission, sending six more crew members on a sub-orbital spaceflight.
According Blue Origin’s official statistics, the NS-22 mission lifted off August 4 at 8:56 a.m. (CDT) / 1:56 p.m. (UTC) from Launch Site One in West Texas. The capsule was carrying six space tourists, including the first Egyptian and Portuguese citizens to embark on sub-orbital spaceflight. They completed the mission after 10 minutes and 20 seconds, returning around 9:06 a.m. (CDT) / 2:56 p.m. (UTC).
And the capsule landed, just over 10 minutes after launch. pic.twitter.com/xTFDHosJiu
—Chris Bergin – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) August 4, 2022
During the sub-orbital spaceflight, the capsule separated from the New Shepard propulsion module and those on board unbuckled their seat belts to experience the weightless environment for a few minutes before returning to their respective seats to the descent, according to NASA SpaceFlight. New Shepard’s booster made a loud landing as the crew capsule safely deployed its parachutes and floated downward.
The NS-22 mission was the 22nd flight of the New Shepard Suborbital Launch System and its sixth crewed mission to reach space so far. It was also the third crewed launch of the year for New Shepard, coming exactly two months after Blue Origin recorded another successful mission that carried six more passengers beyond the Kármán Line – the internationally recognized border. from space.
The crew of the NS-22 consisted of Coby Cotton, co-founder of the YouTube channel Dude Perfect, Mário Ferreira, president of Pluris Investments Group, Vanessa O’Brien, a British-American mountaineer, Clint Kelly III, founder of the Autonomous Land Vehicle project, Sara Sabry, founder of Deep Space Initiative, and Steve Young, former CEO of Young’s Communications LLC.
Blue Origin notes that this group of astronauts achieved three historic firsts, with Sabry becoming the first person from Egypt to fly in space, Ferreira becoming the first person from Portugal to make the trip, and O’Brien achieving a world record. Guinness World by becoming the first woman to reach the extremes on land (Mt. Everest), sea (Challenger Deep) and air (Kármán line), completing the Extreme Trifecta of Explorers.
“It’s an honor for our team to provide our customers with a life changing perspective on our fragile planet,” said Phil Joyce, SVP, New Shepard. “It’s been just over a year since New Shepard’s first human flight, and we’ve now flown 31 humans over the Kármán line. Thank you to these early pioneers for helping us achieve our vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of the Earth.”
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