New Shepard will carry 33 science payloads to space. This 24th flight and 13th payload mission for Blue Origin will fly on Monday, December 18th. The manifest includes the aforementioned number of payloads and 38,000 Club for the Future postcards from students around the world.
The NS-24 launch window opens at 8:30 AM CST / 14:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas and the webcast starts at T-20 minutes at BlueOrigin.com.
This mission will bring the number of payloads flown to space on New Shepard to more than 150 — more than half of the payloads on this flight are developed and flown with support from NASA. Others come from K-12 schools, universities, and STEAM-focused organizations.
The program has also completed six astronaut missions and flown 31 humans above the Kármán line. From an environmental standpoint, nearly 99% of New Shepard’s dry mass is reused, including the booster, capsule, engine, landing gear, and parachutes. New Shepard’s engine is fueled by highly efficient liquid oxygen and hydrogen. During flight, the only byproduct is water vapor with no carbon emissions.