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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch its next space mission in August. 31

Blue Origin plans to launch its next mission into suborbital space next week, but it won’t be manned.

The Jeff Bezos aerospace company announced on Wednesday (August 24) that it is targeting August. 31 for NS-23, another flight of his New Shepard suborbital spacecraft. New Shepard is best known for taking space tourists on short trips to the last frontier, but the NS-23 won’t take anyone into the air – just 36 payloads provided by universities, other institutions and students.

The launch of NS-23 is scheduled for 9:30 am EST (13:30 GMT) on August 8. 31 from the Blue Origin site in West Texas, which is located near the city of Van Horn. You can watch it here on Space.com when the time comes, thanks to Blue Origin or directly through the company.

Pictured: Blue Origin’s first New Shepard passenger launch with Jeff Bezos

“This mission brings the total number of commercial cargo delivered by vehicle to over 150,” Blue Origin wrote in an update on Wednesday. (will open in a new tab) with a detailed description of some of the experiments.

“Two payloads will fly on the outside of the New Shepard launch vehicle for environmental impact on the space environment,” the update adds. “The eighteen payloads on this flight are funded by NASA, primarily through the Flight Opportunities program.”

As the name suggests, NS-23 will be New Shepard’s 23rd spaceflight. This will be the ninth flight for this New Shepard aircraft designed for unmanned missions. Blue Origin uses another New Shepard for its space tourism flights, the last of which launched in August. four.

Blue Origin has flown a total of six crewed suborbital missions, all of them since July 2021. The NS-23 will be the company’s first unmanned spaceflight since last August.

Mike Wall is the author of Out There (will open in a new tab)(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrations by Carl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall (will open in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (will open in a new tab) or on facebook (will open in a new tab).

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