Skip to content

January 23, 2016

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sent its rocket to space… again

by John_A

As Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos continue their battle to develop re-usable rocket technology first, the Amazon man’s company has news to announce tonight. Its video shows its New Shepard rocket — that previously flew to suborbital altitude of 100km — doing it all over again. According to Blue Origin, instead of just being the first rocket to cross the Karman Line and then land vertically back on the Earth, it’s now the first one to have done it twice. There are still arguments that what Blue Origin is doing is easier than SpaceX’s attempts (not actually going into low-Earth orbit and it’s moving slower), but it’s still an amazing achievement.

Blue Origin believes its tech will scale well as it works on bigger rockets, saying “New Shepard is the smallest booster we will ever build,” and that it will just get easier from here. Up next are full engine tests of the larger BE-4, and more trips to space and back for New Shepard. According to the team, the rocket’s landing protocol has also been adjusted, so it no longer tries to land dead-center on the pad, prioritizing its angle over location. Is that a shot at SpaceX and its failed barge landing attempts? That depends on your perspective, but now we’ve got more sweet rocket videos to watch.

Source: Blue Origin

Read more from News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

%d bloggers like this: