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Mission type Test flight
Operator Blue Origin
Mission duration 10 minutes, 18 seconds
Apogee 107 kilometres (66 miles)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft RSS First Step
Manufacturer Blue Origin
Start of mission
Launch date 20 July 2021, 13:11 UTC
Rocket New Shepard (NS4)
Launch site Corn Ranch
End of mission
Landing date 20 July 2021, 13:21 UTC
Landing site Corn Ranch
An ground-level view looking up towards a rocket landing
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NS-16 was a sub-orbital spaceflight mission operated by Blue Origin which flew on 20 July 2021. The mission was the sixteenth flight of the company's New Shepard integrated launch vehicle and spacecraft, and its first crewed flight. It carried into space American billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, pilot and Mercury 13 candidate Wally Funk, and Dutch student Oliver Daemen. The flight commenced from Blue Origin's sub-orbital launch site in West Texas aboard the third flight of New Shepard booster NS4 and the spacecraft RSS First Step, both having previously flown on NS-14 and NS-15 earlier in the year.

NS-16 was the first human spaceflight from the U.S. state of Texas. Daemen, age 18, and Funk, age 82, became the youngest and oldest people to travel to space. The mission also became the first fully automated flight with civilian passengers. The flight qualified the crew as FAA commercial astronauts.


Four crewmembers flew on NS-16. Originally, the anonymous winner of a $28 million auction held by Blue Origin in support of its Club for the Future program was to be the fourth crewmember on RSS First Step. However, the anonymous winner had unspecified scheduling conflicts and was re-manifested for a future New Shepard flight; Daemen took the vacated position. Oliver's father Joes Daemen, the CEO of private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners, paid for the fourth seat.

Prime crew
Position Astronaut
Tourist United States Jeff Bezos
First spaceflight
Commander United States Mark Bezos
First spaceflight
Tourist United States Wally Funk
First spaceflight
Tourist Netherlands Oliver Daemen
First spaceflight

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