Blue Origin Launch Faces Weather Delay

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Bezos and Co Will Have to Wait At Least Another Day for the Latest Blue Origin Launch

Several months have passed since the last time we saw a Blue Origin launch. That dry spell was supposed to end today. Unfortunately for the private space firm, mother nature had other plans. Blue Origin announced the delay in a tweet.

Today’s Tomorrow’s mission, NS-12, will be the ninth commercial launch for Blue Origin. The rocket itself, the New Shepard, represents Blue Origin’s efforts at fully reusable rocket tech. It features a reusable rocket and a capsule that returns to earth under parachutes. Currently, the New Shepard only carries cargo missions. However, eventually, Blue Origin plans to launch humans into space as well. 

The Payload

Tomorrow’s Blue Origin launch will deliver several payload packages, including the company’s 100th. Apart from that milestone, the capsule will carry experiments for NASA, universities, and commercial customers. 

One particular NASA payload comes in the form of a trash recycling experiment. NASA named that particular experiment OSCAR after Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. Because of course they did. NASA’s also sending up an experiment to study gene expression in microgravity. There’s also an experiment from Columbia University. That particular study will look at how weightlessness affects biology.

Blue Origin—A sleeper?

When it comes to commercial space companies, it seems SpaceX and Boeing get all the press. Rarely does Blue Origin make the headlines, but as the stats above bear out, they’re not to be ruled out. Blue Origin is older than SpaceX, and has significant resources. Also, while Bezos does have his eccentricities, he’s nowhere near the character that Musk is. So it’s easy for Blue Origin to quietly work on perfecting their rocket while everyone focuses on Musk and Boeing.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s launch goes well!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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