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What is the New Shephard rocket system?

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What is the New Shephard rocket system?


Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space company called Blue Origin recently concluded the online auction for the first seat on New Shephard, a rocket system meant to take tourists to space.


Over 7,600 people registered from 159 countries to bid for this seat, which ultimately went for a winning bid of $28 million.

What is New Shephard, the rocket system?

  • It is a rocket system meant to take tourists to space successfully.
  • The system is built by Blue Origin.
  • New Shephard has been named after astronaut Alan Shephard, the first American to go to space.
  • It offers flights to space over 100 km above the Earth and accommodation for payloads.
  • The system is a fully reusable, vertical takeoff and vertical landing space vehicle.

Scientific objectives of the mission:

It is a rocket system that has been designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Karman line – the internationally recognised boundary of space.

  • The idea is to provide easier and more cost-effective access to space meant for purposes such as academic research, corporate technology development and entrepreneurial ventures among others.





Prelims Link:

  1. About New Shepherd Rocket system.
  2. Objectives.
  3. Significance.
  4. What is Karman Line?

Sources: Indian Express.