New Shepard Space Vehicle Makes Historic Flight

JASC congratulates Blue Origin on the historic landing of its re-useable New Shepard space vehicle. On November 23, New Shepard launched from the company’s west Texas site, reaching a top speed of Mach 3.7 and an altitude of 100.5 kilometers. The unmanned capsule separated from the launcher and parachuted to earth while the booster made a controlled descent and powered landing at the launch site. This flight marks the first time a rocket booster went to space and returned for a vertical landing back on Earth.

JASC designed and manufactured the Flight Control System Actuators and the engine Thrust Vector Control Actuators used on New Shepard. Both of these actuators are servo-hydraulic units, with the former used to steer the vehicle and provide aerodynamic stability, and the latter to vector the engine/nozzle for the same purpose.

JASC looks forward to supporting Blue Origin’s actuator needs on many future successful flights. Located in Tempe, AZ, JASC is an engineering solutions provider for the aerospace, space and gas turbine industries.