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After nearly a year off from test flights, Blue Origin plans to launch and land its New Shepard suborbital rocket out of the company’s West Texas launch facility. This will be the 13th overall flight for the New Shepard program and the seventh launch of this particular rocket.
Today’s test will mark the 13th launch of the New Shepard program and the seventh overall flight for this particular rocket. But it’s been a long time since the New Shepard fleet has seen any action, with the last test flight (featuring the same rocket launching today) taking place back in December 2019. In April, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, the company had hoped to conduct another New Shepard test launch, despite concerns voiced by employees at the time. That launch was ultimately delayed, and Blue Origin waited until late September to try again, though it had to push the launch back until this week due to a power supply issue.