Blue Origin successfully demonstrates the first reusable space rocket ! (video)

Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2015 @ 15:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Blue Origin, the space firm founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, just wrote history by demonstrating world's first reusable rocket. After reaching its planned test altitude of 100.5km, the BE-3 rocket started its own descent and successfully landed back at the launch site in West Texas!
Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge, unexpected gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below) consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule to a suborbital height of around 100.5 kilometers (62 miles). The capsule then separated and touched down beneath a parachute, but more importantly, the BE-3 rocket also started its own descent. After the rockets fired at nearly 5,000 feet, it made a a controlled vertical landing at a gentle 4.4 mph.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is attempting the same thing, but hasn't quite nailed the landing yet. Reusable rockets promise to be a major game-changer for the space industry in terms of cost-efficiency.

The effort by SpaceX is harder though as the company actually delivers a payload into orbit, whereas Blue Origin only performs a suborbital flight. The former requires significantly more thrust.

Via: Engadget

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