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Blue Origin’s NS-25 mission UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin announced six crew members who would be part of a forthcoming commercial flight to space

  • Of interest to India is one participant, Gopichand Thotakura, an Indian businessman and pilot, who is based in the United States.

  • While an actual launch date has not been specified.

  • A successful trip to space could make Mr. Thotakura the first Indian in space since Rakesh Sharma who in April 1984.

  • And became  and remains the only Indian to have the honour, when he went aboard the Russian Soyuz T-11 spacecraft.

Blue Origin’s NS-25 mission

Mission Highlights

  • Type: Suborbital spaceflight mission

  • Launch Vehicle: New Shepard rocket

  • Launch Date: Planned for 2024 (exact date yet to be announced)

  • Crew: Six people

Significance

  • Seventh human flight: for the New Shepard program.

  • Return to flight: This will be the first crewed mission since a September 2022 engine failure grounded the New Shepard fleet.

  • Firsts: Potentially the first Black astronaut candidate and the first Indian space tourist to fly on a commercial space mission.

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