Within the stark desert morning of West Texas, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket stands atop Launch Website One awaiting its first crew. The launch website is close to the city of Van Horn, Texas.
Whereas the First Human Flight was the sixteenth flight of a New Shepard rocket, it was the third spaceflight for this specific New Shepard, which Blue Origin has earmarked for crewed spaceflights. A second New Shepard that has flown extra typically can be used for uncrewed payload flights.
New Shepard is called for NASA Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the primary American in area. It’s 60 toes (18 meters) tall, can carry six passengers and makes use of a single BE-3 engine to launch its capsule on suborbital flights.