WASHINGTON — Blue Origin has rescheduled a test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle for Jan. 21 as the company edges closer to flying people into space.
The company announced Jan. 18 that it had rescheduled the flight, designated NS-10, for Jan. 21 from the company’s test site in West Texas. The announcement coincided with the release of a notice to airmen, or NOTAM, by the Federal Aviation Administration restricting airspace around the site between 8:30 am and 3 p.m. Eastern Jan. 21 through 23.
Blue Origin had planned to carry out the flight Dec. 18, but postponed it because of an unspecified ground infrastructure issue. Once that problem was corrected, the company said Dec. 19 that it “determined additional systems need to be addressed,” and pushed back the launch to early 2019.
The flight will be the first for New Shepard since a July 18 launch that tested the abort motor in the crew capsule. The motor fired shortly after the capsule separated from its propulsion module, with the capsule making a regular landing under parachutes while the propulsion module made a powered vertical landing.
The vehicle will be carrying nine experiments provided by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. ...