"Goddard, the gumdrop-shaped prototype that flew in late 2006 and 2007 at Blue Origin’s secluded test facility in Culberson County in west Texas, may not offer clues on what the full-fledged New Shepard will be like, he cautioned. “That is not necessarily what the operational New Shepard vehicle looks like,” he said. Goddard was useful, though, in testing out operations of a VTVL rocket. “One of the main reasons for flying Goddard was to learn how to take a vertical-landing vehicle that uses the same propellants that our operational vehicle uses and learn how to fly that and turn it around in a very rapid manner,” he said. “Most of our lessons learned were in the operational area.”
the space review articles was published February 22, 2010"