Jeff Bezos-backed company launches then lands its rocket… again
Blue Origin has done it again, literally.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company managed to launch and then land its New Shepard suborbital rocket during a test flight Friday. This marks the second launch and landing of this same rocket — the first was in November.
This most recent landing shows that the system — designed to eventually take paying customers to the edge of space — is, indeed, reusable, according to Bezos.
The New Shepard rocket and capsule made it to about 63 miles, 101.7 kilometers, above the company’s West Texas facility before coming in for a soft landing on the planet, Blue Origin said. That means that this rocket has made it to or above the “Karman Line” — the unofficial line that marks the start of space at 100 km above Earth — twice. Read more…