New Shepard Suborbital Rocket
Designed, built, and operated by Blue Origin, the New Shepard is a space vehicle designed to transport both passengers and scientific payloads into space. The vehicle is comprised of a rocket and a capsule, with both components being reusable.
The capsule and rocket separate after engine cut-off and land separately. The rocket, free falling most of the way, re-lights its engine to reduce velocity as it approaches the ground and makes a vertical landing on deployable landing gear.
The capsule separates from the rocket at high altitude and descends under parachutes. An instant before landing, retro-rockets fire to further reduce the capsules touchdown speed.
More information can be found at Blue Origin's website.
New Shepard Photos
New Shepard Suborbital Rocket on display at EAA Airventure. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2017)