Blue Origin, the, is planning to make its 13th trip to space, using a that will be flying for the seventh time, setting a record for rocket recycling.
The mission was originally set for Thursday, then postponed to Friday due to a potential issue with the internal power supply. On Friday morning, the startup announced that the launch will be further delayed, without announcing a new target date.
Mission NS-13 will be carrying a dozen payloads to the edge of space and back, including a demonstration of a lunar landing sensor that will test technologies for future moon missions as part of .
The sensor will be the first payload to ride mounted to the exterior of New Shepard rather than inside its capsule.
SpaceX, another commercial space outfit headed by a famous billionaire, in the form of Elon Musk, has so far used a single. It’s worth noting, though, that the Falcon 9 is a different class of rocket that is used for more technically complicated orbital missions.
A few of the other payloads on board this flight of New Shepard include a test of a new system to autonomously grow aquatic plants that could supplement a crew’s diet and of a new cooling system developed by NASA for spacecraft electronics.
The whole thing from blast-off to soft landing back at the same site will take only about 12 minutes.
We’ll update this post once we have a new launch date and video feed of the live coverage.