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New Shephard rocket system

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  • July 22, 2021
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New Shephard rocket system

Part of: GS Prelims and GS -III – Space

In news Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos came back to earth after a 10-min flight to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft.

What is the Significance of the mission?

  • The astronauts experienced three to four minutes of zero-gravity and travelled above the Kármán Line, the internationally-recognised boundary of space.

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, Private Space Company based out in USA.
  • 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 idea is to provide easier and more cost-effective access to space meant for purposes such as academic research, corporate technology development, entrepreneurial ventures and space tourism among others.

News Source: TH

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