Flight Three: Pushing the Envelope

Flight Three: Pushing the Envelope

New Shepard flew again on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware. We pushed the envelope on this flight, restarting the engine for the propulsive landing only 3,600 feet above the ground, requiring the BE-3 engine to start fast and ramp to high thrust fast.

(The feet measurement for apogee in the video is correct. The kilometer measurement should read 103.38 km rather than 103.8 km.)

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20 Responses

  1. Paul Schortemeyer says:

    Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able
    to do also, though he may go a different way about it.
    — Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  2. NeedsEvidence says:

    Nice animation! (kidding)

  3. Konstantin Komkov says:

    Папелац из кин-дза-дза )))

  4. Robert Martin says:

    what’s nice to see is a crew capsule on top, not a payload. A crew capsule.
    Maybe no more hitching rides to space with other countries. Maybe a manned
    mission to mars. When recently asked why go I said “because it’s there”.
    Also, robots cannot do things that humans can do and always in real time.
    Humans can take equipment beyond specifications and limits where machines
    have limit shut offs. We take chances. It struck home last night the kids
    and I were watching the study of forensics in the field and that was when I
    pointed to just a few of the certain duties only humans are capable of
    doing. Even if we find nothing or fail, even failure or finding nothing
    results in 1000’s of more questions and technological developments. Most
    of all it inspires generations. Only few moments in history were capable
    of stopping everyone, everywhere on this planet at one single moment. One
    day was July 20, 1969 when Americans pulled off the single greatest
    achievement in the history of mankind.

  5. KiwiShamoo says:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Orbit or go home

  6. Travis MacMillan says:

    Really cool seeing this all happen around now… it’s so much fun to be on
    the brink of space travel on a wide scale.

    Curious about the crew module landing… that looked pretty rough. Is that

  7. Captin Blind says:

    prove to me this is real

  8. Phat Vu says:

    Congratulation to Blue Origin. This is 3 for 3. !

  9. elfamosisimoJON says:


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  11. Dave Richard says:

    Awesome video! Congratulations to Blue Origin for another successful
    “launch and land”. Looking forward to the next time.

  12. Daniel Winegarden says:

    Fabulous. All my science fiction dreams are coming true. Blue Origin’s New
    Shepard promises and delivers.

  13. MoeThaCrazyBartender says:

    now if we could have metric units, that’d be great

  14. jtssrx says:

    CGI fakery just like everything NASA shows us

  15. die_Eisenfaust says:

    Sometimes when you watch a video it brings asociations of thing you saw or
    heard, when that truster kiced in it was clearly the same moment when Loki
    threw Stark out of his tower, suit caught him and engaged thrusters few
    feet off the ground. Damn, I sound like some ComicCon geek 😀 😀 :D.

  16. sachadavid says:

    jeez us

  17. Square Squid Studios says:

    That is why rocket scientists need to be so smart.
    Who else would figure out that a penis rocket would be perfect for
    penetrating the atmosphere.
    Even better is that it has a safe landing when it cums back to Earth.

  18. mumtumXo says:

    Surprised Elon Musk didn’t “welcome you to the club”

  19. Cookie Monster says:

    All these damn flat earth nut jobs can clearly see the earth is round.

  20. Gamer Care says:

    About time… we dont need more space junks.