The System

The New Shepard  space vehicle is ideal for microgravity physics, gravitational biology, technology demonstrations, and educational programs. You’ll also have the opportunity for Earth, atmospheric, and space science research.

Payloads are installed in the capsule, supported by Blue Origin's unique payload avionics system and software, including:

  • Robust control systems
  • Cameras
  • Data storage
  • Electrical power
  • Vehicle telemetry data
  • Benchtop development units for programming in your lab

Research and Education Mission Applications

The New Shepard Research and Education Missions (REM) host a wide variety of payloads.  Possibilities include microgravity sciences, space life sciences, Earth and space sciences, land use, education and public outreach, technology demonstration, space systems development and Technical Readiness Level (TRL) raising demonstrations, just to name a few.

Primary Capabilities Include:

  • Ability to frequently launch your payloads, and ultimately payload operators, to space on a suborbital trajectory
  • A high-volume cabin able to accommodate multiple experiments and ultimately, researchers
  • Standard interfaces to mount experiments and provide power, cooling, command and control, and video/data recording.
  • Rapid post-landing access by ground personnel to time-sensitive payloads

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Mission Highlights

Elements of the New Shepard space vehicle are being tested extensively, both on the ground and during uncrewed test flights. 

The flight test program continues to build experience with the New Shepard system in an uncrewed configuration, leading up to the day when Blue Origin is ready for astronauts to climb on board.

  • Multiple flights per year
  • As human flights begin, you'll also be able to fly with your payload for hands-on experimentation
  • You own full rights to your data from Blue Origin's private platform
  • Accommodates payloads from a few ounces up to 50 lbs



Integrating Your Payload Into the New Shepard Space Vehicle

The very same NanoRacks you know from the International Space Station will be with you every step of the way. NanoRacks will ensure successful payload integration to the New Shepard vehicle as you prepare for suborbital research.


Single Payload Container


Double Payload Container

Payload Mass

25 lbs / 11.34 kg

50 lbs / 22.68 kg

Payload Volume

1.73 ft3 / 49 liters

3.61 ft3 / 102 liters

Approx. Interior Dimensions

20.3 x 16.5 x 9.0 inches / 51.6 x 41.8 x 22.9 cm (less hinge area)

20.3 x 16.5 x 18.7 inches / 51.6 x 41.8 x 47.4 cm (less hinge area)


28 VDC, 200 W peak


32 GB on-board data storage with synchronized flight parameter measurements; plus an additional 128 GB video storage provided for post-flight download

Experiment Software

Blue Origin software available to configure experiment command sequence, such as turning on sensors and other apparatus when microgravity is reached


Launch To Suborbital Space With Blue Origin

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Launch Schedule 2016

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