- Blue Origin plans to resume its New Shepard suborbital rocket operations with an uncrewed mission on December 18, company has solicited a $3.4 billion contract from NASA
- The upcoming NS-24 mission will carry 33 science payloads and cargo.
- Previous grounding occurred in September 2022 due to an engine nozzle issue that triggered an auto-abort, causing the booster to crash while the uncrewed capsule safely landed.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concluded its investigation and mandated 21 corrective actions, including redesigning engine components.
- Blue Origin has received a modified launch license from the FAA, valid till August 2025, allowing launches from its West Texas facilities.