Amazon founder Bezos’ rocket successfully returns to Earth for second time
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has amazed everyone with his latest spatial achievement. His space transport company Blue Origin has, for the second time, completed a successful launch of an unmanned sub-orbital rocket, which landed in Texas on Friday after reaching a height of 63 miles over the Earth.
In a blog on Blue Origin’s website, Bezos wrote that the launch was another step forward towards developing reusable rockets that may one day make it possible to have “millions of people living and working in space”.
Another young CEO who has been vying in solar project is Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk (through his company SpaceX) and with the latest launch, the rivalry between Bezos' Blue Origin and SpaceX has just entered another sphere.
Last November, Blue Origin dealt a defeat of sorts to SpaceX by becoming the first to successfully land a rocket back from space. Now, it has once again beaten SpaceX. Reusable rockets are what both Blue Origin and SpaceX are looking to launch.
Compared to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, Blue Origin’s New Shepard made its achievements in slightly lower altitudes. That said, for this second attempt, the booster reached a slightly higher height. Last November, it flew to 329,839 ft before it started its descent. This time around, it got up to 333,582 ft.
Blue Origin posted a video of the rocket, launching at 11:22 a.m. local time in Van Horn, Texas, then returning and landing itself on the launch pad a few minutes later. The ultimate target is to build rockets that can fly into orbit and then return to Earth and be reused. This way, the companies aim to make space travel less costly by lowering launch costs.
“It’s like a pilot lining up a plane with the centerline of the runway. If the plane is a few feet off center as you get close, you don’t swerve at the last minute to ensure hitting the exact mid-point. You just land a few feet left or right of the centerline”, wrote Bezos in his blog.