Watch: Blue Origin rocket lands second successful mission
The Blue Origin rocket (New Shepard), which launched and touched down in November last year, has achieved the same feat. This time reaching an altitude of 101.7 kilometers.
Our generation’s space race has taken another turn as Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin managed to launch and then safely land its New Shepard rocket for the second time. The company seems to be locked in a fascinating race with Elon Musk’s Space X to develop sustainable reusable rocket technology.
The Blue Origin rocket (New Shepard), which launched and touched down in November last year, has achieved the same feat. This time reaching an altitude of 101.7 kilometers before coming back down. The Karman line, the generally agreed upon point at which space starts, is 100 km above the Earth.
Getting rockets and boosters that can be reused is crucial in bringing down the costs of space travel and getting more than a handful of people into orbit, hence the high level of interest in the activities of Blue Origin, SpaceX and others. The repeated launch and landing of the New Shepard rocket shows significant progress.
Bezos stated in a blog post – “Data from the November mission matched our preflight predictions closely, which made preparations for today’s re-flight relatively straightforward.” The only replaced parts from the previous launch were parachutes and igniters. They also upgraded the software and filled up the tank with the same BE-3 liquid hydrogen.
Space X is running head to head with Blue Origin though, having achieved multiple launches and landings on solid ground with their Falcon 9 rocket (achieving much higher altitudes than Blue Origin). The have however failed to land the rocket on a floating barge (landing at sea is preferable for a variety of logistical and financial reasons).
The two companies seem to be head-to-head currently. Stay tuned for the latest news on the new generation space race!