Blue Origin rocket makes third successful vertical landing

April 3, 2016
This image obtained November 24, 2015 from Blue Origin, shows the world's first reusable rocket after a successful landing at a
This image obtained November 24, 2015 from Blue Origin, shows the world's first reusable rocket after a successful landing at a site in West Texas

American space firm Blue Origin successfully completed the third launch and vertical landing of its reusable New Shepard rocket on Saturday, company founder and Internet entrepreneur Jeff Bezos said.

"Flawless BE-3 restart and perfect booster landing," tweeted Bezos, referring to the BE-3 engine used to land the back at the company's testing site in Texas.

The unmanned crew capsule also landed safely, using parachutes, said the executive, who founded online giant Amazon and also owns The Washington Post newspaper.

The breakthroughs by Blue Origin and parallel efforts by rival Internet mogul Elon Musk's SpaceX open up the potential for cutting costs for travel and making rockets as reusable as airplanes.

In November, Bezos called the accomplishment a "game-changer" which opens the door to lower costs in and his vision of people living and working in space.

Bezos said in a tweet on Friday that the rocket's engines would be restarting just 3,600 feet (1.1 kilometers) from the ground during the vertical landing attempt on Saturday, with the rocket hitting the ground in six seconds if they failed to work properly.

The New Shepard can reach an altitude of 333,000 feet, considered the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.

Previous test flights for the New Shepard were in January and November.

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Osiris1
2.7 / 5 (10) Apr 03, 2016
Go with them NASA! The others use approaches prone to disaster, like showing off trying to land on a pitching rotating deck in six degrees of motion....and pratfall every single time, often spectacularly. If I want to see fools faceplant themselves on concrete to impress female fools in the interests of sex, then all one has to do is go to a local shopping center for the free 'entertainment'. However, corporate pratfalling for the entertainment of government officials and at the expense of we the taxpayers is NOT free.

Look up the NASA Vanguard program of the early 1960's! Many tries, all spectacular failures. Its' defective tech never worked and was abandoned lest we squander more 'street cred' than we had already lost. Young America of the Kennedy era pinned hopes on that bird that never flew, and recovered pride when our proven military Atlas ICBM was reworked and did the job right.
Porgie
4 / 5 (2) Apr 03, 2016
Another success for American technology! Let the market drive the advances, the government should only get out of the way of American ingenuity. Let uncle Sam buy the success. Bezos has demonstrated he can get it done.
PoppaJ
5 / 5 (3) Apr 03, 2016
Great story and great for America. Now to Phys.org. Where is the video? This is one of those articles that you cannot truly appreciate unless you see this thing in action.
EnricM
5 / 5 (1) Apr 04, 2016
Where is the video? This is one of those articles that you cannot truly appreciate unless you see this thing in action.


Indeed! I want to see this bird landing!!!
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Apr 04, 2016
You can see a video in this news article about the launch:
http://www.wired....landing/
javjav
5 / 5 (3) Apr 04, 2016
Another success for American technology! Let the market drive the advances, the government should only get out of the way of American ingenuity.
This is not a great advance. It is same rocket technology invented by the Nazi. Regarding vertical landing on jet propulsion it was developed by the British (Harrier..) and several others. This project is just about adapting existing technology for suborbital tourists flights. A different thing is what SpaceX is doing, achieving orbital flights while saving fuel by landing on a barge on the same trajectory... that could be a true breakthrough in space technology.
doceddyl
5 / 5 (2) Apr 04, 2016
Osiris1, Actually the initial launches of Explorer 1 and the Mercury Program into space was accomplished utilizing the Redstone Booster developed by Von Braun and team in Huntsville Alabama.

The Atlas was used for the final 4 Mercury flights.

doceddyl
Virgil I Grissom High Huntsville Alabama
Class of 1976
baudrunner
not rated yet Apr 04, 2016
The old saw, "It ain't rocket science!" is too old, now.

It's only rocket science.
ScottyB
not rated yet Apr 06, 2016
Go with them NASA! The others use approaches prone to disaster, like showing off trying to land on a pitching rotating deck in six degrees of motion....and pratfall every single time, often spectacularly.....


Yeah great idea

Oh, except... they don't make orbital velocity, hmmmm maybe not such a great idea then...

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