@KSCartist Beautiful tribute – it was an honor to be a part of it.
Still reliving all of the emotions and wonder of our second human flight yesterday.
Another safe landing in the West Texas desert. What a day, congrats to the crew of
This was the voyage of the RSS First Step today. Its mission: encounter Earth from incredible views at apogee
17th consecutive booster landing for
#NewShepard and fourth consecutive landing for this particular booster. #NS18
#NewShepard and the #NS18 crew headed to space this morning from Launch Site One.
19th consecutive successful crew capsule landing (every flight in the program, including a pad escape test in 2012).
Official launch time was 9:49 am CDT / 14:49 UTC. Capsule landing occurred at 9:59 am CDT / 14:59 UTC. The mission elapsed time was 10 min 17 sec; the max ascent velocity was 2,235 mph / 3,597 km/h.
The booster reached an apogee of 347,160 ft AGL / 350,807 ft MSL (106 km AGL / 107 km MSL).
The crew capsule reached an apogee of 347,539 ft. above ground level (AGL) / 351,186 ft. mean sea level (MSL) (106 km AGL/107 km MSL).
Key Mission Stats from
#NS18, a thread:
Congratulations to the entire Blue Origin team on today’s mission and stay tuned for more from Launch Site One!
CrewMember 7 and our capsule recovery team are headed out to meet the crew for a celebration marking their safe return from space. Stay tuned to
BlueOrigin.com for live shots from the capsule recovery. #NS18
Capsule touchdown! Welcome home to the crew of
There go the main chutes! The capsule is now descending with our newly minted astronauts at a comfortable 16 mph / 26 km/h. Next stop: a gentle 1 mph / 1.6 km/h landing in the West Texas desert.
#NewShepard booster touchdown! Fourth successful landing for this particular booster. #NS18
The capsule has reached apogee - stay tuned for official confirmation of altitude for today’s flight. Our astronauts are now experiencing amazing views of Earth through
#NewShepard’s massive windows. #NS18
We have confirmed separation of the capsule from the booster. Our astronauts are getting out of their seats and experiencing weightlessness.
#NewShepard has passed through Max-Q, the point of maximum dynamic pressure on the vehicle.
#NewShepard has cleared the tower with astronauts on board for the second time. #NS18
#NS18 crew are moving across the crew access gantry and getting strapped in for their ride to space and back. Watch live at BlueOrigin.com
We are go for
#NS18 astronaut load. The crew is headed to the launch tower for final preparations and capsule load. Watch the launch live on BlueOrigin.com
Coming up next on the webcast: a special coin ceremony with our
#NS18 astronauts and CrewMember 7. Watch live on BlueOrigin.com