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Blue Origin resumes manned flights after almost two years with the NS-25 mission
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Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos' rocket company, is scheduled to carry out a manned flight this Sunday (19), at 10:30 am (Brasília time), after a break of almost two years. The mission, called NS-25, will mark the return of manned missions with the New Shepard spacecraft, taking six people into space in a flight of approximately 10 minutes.

Blue Origin's last manned flight took place in August 2022. The following month, a company rocket crashed due to a failure shortly after launch. At the time, the ship was unmanned and there were no injuries. The next flight only took place in December 2023, also without passengers. Now, Blue Origin is preparing for its seventh manned mission.

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Flight details

As in previous missions, Blue Origin will carry out a suborbital flight, with the aim of surpassing the Kárman Line, located 100 kilometers above sea level, considered the beginning of space. The journey will last around 10 minutes, during which the crew will experience the sensation of zero gravity. This will be the 25th launch of a Blue Origin rocket and the 7th with passengers.

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The passengers

The flight will have six passengers, New Shepard's maximum capacity. Among the crew, Ed Dwight stands out, the first African-American to apply to become an astronaut in the United States. He completed U.S. Air Force training and was recommended to NASA in 1963, but was not selected.

At 90 years and 8 months, Dwight could become the oldest person to go to space, surpassing the record of William Shatner, actor from “Star Trek” (“Star Trek”), who went to space at 90 years and 6 months. The other crew members of NS-25 are businessmen Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron and Kenneth L. Hess, retired accountant Carol Schaller and airline pilot Gopi Thotakura.


Passengers from Blue Origin's NS-25 mission (Reproduction/Disclosure/Blue Origin)


Reason for suspension of flights

Blue Origin flights were halted after an accident on an unmanned flight in September 2022. One minute after takeoff, a company rocket crashed due to a failure in the booster mechanism, when it was close to reaching maximum pressure (” Max-Q”), flying at 1,126 km/h at an altitude of 8,500 meters.

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At the time, the rocket capsule was ejected as planned for emergencies, landing intact. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required Blue Origin to investigate the incident and, in September 2023, ordered the company to perform 21 fixes on the New Shepard rocket before resuming its flights.

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