- Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket successfully launched, marking the first flight in over 15 months.
- The rocket carried 33 payloads for customers, including NASA and Honeybee Robotics.
- Blue Origin plans to increase the frequency of New Shepard rocket flights in response to growing demand.
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket has launched for the first time in over 15 months. The rocket took off from Blue Origin's launch site in West Texas and carried 33 payloads for various customers, including NASA and Honeybee Robotics.
The mission, called NS-24, lasted 10 minutes before the capsule safely returned to Earth. The launch was initially planned for Monday but was postponed due to a ground system issue, with no further details provided by Blue Origin.
Blue conducted four flights with New Shepard in 2022, including one that didn't go as planned. After the launch, Phil Joyce, Blue's SVP of the New Shepard program, stated that they would increase the frequency of rocket flights in the coming year due to the growing demand.
Erika Wagner, a senior director at Blue Origin, expressed excitement about the upcoming crewed flight during the launch livestream. Undoubtedly, potential customers are relieved to witness another successful flight by Blue.
Edited by Shruti Thapa