Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been getting most of the press regarding the technological race to create reusable rockets, they’re not the only game in town. Some other guy named Jeff Bezos, better known as the founder of Amazon.com, has also set up an aerospace development and manufacturing company. It’s called Blue Origin.
While SpaceX is focusing on the science, exploration, and supply side of things, Blue Origin is focusing on space tourism. They want to take you where no one has gone before — no one, that is, other than government-funded astronauts and private tourists wealthy enough to buy tickets.
I will easily admit to a bias regarding which team I’m rooting for, but as a good friend pointed out, profit has ever been the driving force behind many of humanity’s great advances. With that in mind, let’s admire and celebrate Blue Origin’s recent accomplishment of flying a rocket 100 kilometers into space and then landing it again, right on the pad. Fantastic technology and a true win for everyone.
(Hat tip to Walt.)