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Blue Origin Marks Milestone: 25th Mission to Space with Six Crew Aboard

Blue Origin successfully completes its 25th mission to space with a crew of six, including historic first Black astronaut candidate.

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Blue Origin, the aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight company founded by entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, reached another significant milestone today with the completion of its 25th mission to space. The mission, designated as the seventh human spaceflight for Blue Origin, carried a crew of six astronauts aboard its renowned New Shepard spacecraft.

"Blue Origin crew members inside the New Shepard spacecraft during the 25th mission to space."
The NS-25 Crew. Pictured from left to right: Gopi Thotakura, Mason Angel, Carol Schaller, Ed Dwight, Ken Hess, and Sylvain Chiron. (Photo: Blue Origin)

The crew for this historic flight included a diverse group of individuals, each with their own unique background and expertise. Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron, Kenneth L. Hess, Carol Schaller, and Gopi Thotakura joined former Air Force Captain Ed Dwight, who holds a special place in history as the first Black astronaut candidate selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

For Dwight, this flight provided a long-awaited opportunity to finally fulfill his dream of going to space. Despite being selected over half a century ago, circumstances at the time prevented him from realizing his journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere. However, today’s successful mission aboard New Shepard allowed Dwight to experience the wonders of space that he had long yearned for.

In addition to the invaluable experience for its crew, today’s achievement marks a significant milestone for the New Shepard program. With this latest flight, the reusable New Shepard rocket has carried a total of 37 individuals into space, showcasing the capability and reliability of Blue Origin’s technology.

The New Shepard spacecraft, named after celebrated astronaut Alan Shepard, is specifically designed for suborbital space tourism and research missions. It consists of a crew capsule and a booster rocket that work together to propel the crew to the edge of space. The capsule then detaches from the booster, allowing the astronauts to experience weightlessness and enjoy the breathtaking views before descending back to Earth under parachutes.

Blue Origin’s commitment to making space more accessible to all has been a driving force behind its achievements. By focusing on reusability and technological advancements, the company is pioneering new possibilities for suborbital spaceflight. Through missions like today’s, Blue Origin is not only pushing the boundaries of space exploration but also opening doors for future space travelers.

As Blue Origin continues its journey, the company remains dedicated to its founding principles of safety, reliability, and affordability. With each successful mission, it brings us closer to a future where space tourism becomes a reality for people from all walks of life.

The completion of the 25th mission to space with a crew of six onboard is a remarkable feat for Blue Origin. It represents a major step forward in the company’s quest to make space more accessible and underscores the importance of continued innovation in the realm of commercial space travel.

Congratulations to Blue Origin and the entire crew for their successful mission and for inspiring a new generation of explorers to reach for the stars.

view a full replay of today’s flight 

If you’re interested in flying on New Shepard as an astronaut or flying a payload on a future mission, visit BlueOrigin.com. You can also purchase commemorative merchandise from today’s mission at the Blue Origin Shop

Source: Blue Origin

https://stmdailynews.com/blue-origins-ns-25-mission-launch-date-set-and-historic-inclusion-of-first-black-astronaut-candidate/

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NASA’s Newest Spaceplane: Dream Chaser Tenacity Arriving at Kennedy Space Center

Dream Chaser Tenacity arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a milestone in enhancing ISS resupply missions. New era of commercial spaceplanes begins.

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Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser Tenacity has made an exciting arrival at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, marking a significant milestone in NASA’s initiative to enhance commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. This uncrewed spaceplane, part of a fleet planned by Sierra Space, is set to deliver 7,800 pounds of cargo using a ULA Vulcan rocket for its inaugural mission.

Pre-Launch Testing and Preparation
Before its arrival at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity underwent rigorous testing and preparation. From vibration testing to exposure to extreme temperatures and pressures, the spaceplane and its cargo module, Shooting Star, were meticulously prepared for their journey to the ISS.

Final Preparations at Kennedy
Now at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity is undergoing final testing and prelaunch processing inside the Space Systems Processing Facility. The spaceplane is set to launch atop a ULA Vulcan rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking the beginning of its mission to deliver cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

Design and Capabilities
With its lifting body design and unique winged structure, Dream Chaser is capable of transporting cargo to and from low Earth orbit and landing on a runway similar to NASA’s space shuttle. The spaceplane, along with the Shooting Star cargo module, offers a versatile and efficient means of resupplying the ISS.

Certification and In-Orbit Operations
Once in orbit, Dream Chaser Tenacity will undergo a series of demonstrations to showcase its maneuverability and docking capabilities. After delivering cargo to the ISS and completing its mission, the spaceplane will return to Kennedy’s Launch and Landing Facility for inspection and preparation for future missions.

The arrival of Dream Chaser Tenacity at Kennedy Space Center heralds a new era in commercial resupply missions to the ISS, showcasing the capabilities of Sierra Space’s innovative spaceplane technology. As NASA continues to expand its partnerships with commercial providers, the Dream Chaser fleet stands ready to support the agency’s goals in low Earth orbit exploration.

https://www.sierraspace.com/dream-chaser-spaceplane/uncrewed-cargo-spacecraft

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches First Crewed Starliner

“The first human spaceflight launch signifies the start of a new era for ULA.”

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CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in history, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V carrying NASA astronauts aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner lifted off on June 5 at 10:52 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The launch of NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams marks the return of human spaceflight to Cape Canaveral and extends the Atlas legacy, echoing the launch of U.S. astronaut John Glenn aboard a heritage Atlas LV-3B rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1962.

The inaugural human spaceflight launch marks the beginning of a new era for ULA
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:52 a.m. EDT on June 5, 2024. Photos by United Launch Alliance

“Safety is a critical part of the ULA decision-making process, and we are deeply honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of starting the astronauts on their journey to the International Space Station, one that we will watching throughout their mission,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. “ULA has performed a tremendous amount of work in conjunction with our partners at Boeing and NASA to ensure our designs provide the highest level of safety to the crew and we will continue to prioritize our dedication to safety as we look forward to future launches in support of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.”

While the mission is continuing, the Atlas V rocket’s job is complete and safely delivered the Starliner and crew to a 98-nautical mile (nmi) sub-orbital trajectory. Following separation from the Atlas V, the Starliner engines ignited to place the crew on their orbital path to the space station.

“My congratulations and sincerest gratitude to our unrivaled team and exceptional partners on the launch of a new era in human spaceflight aboard one of the most reliable rockets in the world,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO. “It’s a profound honor to assist in enabling assured reliability and redundancy of crewed launches.”

All rockets are not created equal. ULA is the nation’s most experienced, reliable and accurate launch service provider delivering unmatched value, a tireless drive to improve, and commitment to the extraordinary. Vulcan’s inaugural launch marked the beginning of a new era of space capabilities and provides higher performance and greater affordability while offering the world’s only high energy architecture rocket to deliver any payload, at any time, to any orbit.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com and join the conversation on social media @ulalaunch.
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NASA’s Exciting Spacewalk Coverage: Don’t Miss U.S. Spacewalk 90!

“Join NASA’s live coverage of U.S. Spacewalk 90, as astronauts perform crucial tasks and collect samples outside the International Space Station. Don’t miss it!”

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NASA astronauts Tracy C. Dyson and Matt Dominick performing a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, with Earth in the background.
NASA astronaut pictured completing an installation outside of the International Space Station. Credits: NASA

NASA has just released details about an upcoming spacewalk that will take place outside the International Space Station (ISS). Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 13, as you wouldn’t want to miss this incredible event.

Starting at 6:30 a.m. EDT, NASA will provide live coverage of the spacewalk through various platforms including NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and their official website. They’ve got you covered on all fronts to ensure that you don’t miss a moment of this thrilling cosmic adventure.

During this spacewalk, two of NASA’s finest astronauts, Tracy C. Dyson and Matt Dominick, will venture out of the ISS to tackle an important task. Their mission will involve removing a faulty electronics box called a radio frequency group from a communications antenna on the starboard truss. But that’s not all – they will also be collecting samples for analysis to study the ability of microorganisms to survive and reproduce on the exterior of the space station. Talk about fascinating research!

As for the astronauts themselves, Dyson will be spacewalk crew member 1, distinguishable by the suit with red stripes. On the other hand, Dominick will be serving as spacewalk crew member 2, wearing an unmarked suit. This spacewalk marks the fourth for Dyson and the first for Dominick in support of the ISS.

But wait, there’s more! Following the successful completion of this spacewalk, NASA will announce the participating crew members for U.S. spacewalks 91 and 92. These exciting events are scheduled for Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, July 2, respectively. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and additional coverage details from NASA.

For those craving even more out-of-this-world content, be sure to check out the breaking news, images, and features from the ISS on their station blog, as well as their social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and X. NASA knows how to keep us engaged and informed about the latest happenings in the vast expanse of space.

So mark your calendars, set your alarms, and get ready to witness this remarkable spacewalk on June 13. NASA is going the extra mile to ensure that everyone can be a part of this mesmerizing experience, so don’t miss out! Get your popcorn ready and prepare to be awed by the wonders of outer space.

Get breaking news, images, and features from the space station on the station blogInstagramFacebook, and X.

Learn more about International Space Station research and operations at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station

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