Space

Blue Origin sticks with its plan of deploying an astronaut to space before May

Blue Origin finalized the test flights of its New Shepard rocket booster and capsule five days ago. The Jeff Bezos space company has been conducting development operations to host astronauts to space a few months from now. The company has been trying its best to keep up with the space industry giants like SpaceX, although it encountered a few setbacks that forced the owner to plan again for this mission. The NS-14 test flight involved the new technical booster and an advanced capsule that the company has been developing. Moreover, this mission is the last step that Blue Origin was focusing on before the actual mission kicks off to space a few months later. The technicians and operators are making final touches on the new upgrades that they have developed to prevent unprecedented accidents during the actual mission.

Blue Origin explained that the flight was one of the doubles that the company was eagerly waiting before they could implement the final recommendations from the observing engineers. Nevertheless, the company stated that it wouldn’t make considerable changes seeing that the test flights were successful unless the actual mission experiences a technical glitch that they can change. Blue Origin has prepared a schedule that ensures that the company can deploy the New Shepard rocket for missions after every six weeks. The previous test mission dubbed NS-13 happened in the last quarter of 2020. However, the space vehicle had power supply problems that eventually delayed the mission for quite some time before the mission took place. The New Shepard project spokesperson explained that the challenge was developing software that meets the standards of space mission reviewers and incorporates the other automated features into a unit for efficient control of the space vehicle from the control center.

The New Shepard rocket and its capsule will be taking people for rides past the low-Earth orbit. This move would allow the people to experience the space environment where there is zero gravity before reentering Earth. Additionally, the space vehicle will have windows big enough for the passengers to scout the space environment and return to Earth with stories about space. The advantage of the upgraded machines is that they are reusable, saving the developers and the company the problem of redeveloping another of the same kind. The rocket and capsule’s reusability depends on their recovery by the parachutes that shield them from crashlanding. The rocket’s advantage is that it has a push button to ensure the passengers communicate with the control center. The engineers have also developed humidity controls and air conditioning systems to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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