That other rocket company

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.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to That other rocket company

  1. Cwhite says:

    That was quite spectacular. The passenger capsule seemed to land pretty heavily compared to the rocket which kissed the ground. Light as a feather in fact.

  2. joanarling says:

    Impressing engineering, hat’s off. That being said…

    Blue Origin will (within its present scope) never make it into orbit. They simply don’t have the fuel to reach roughly 7 km/s. https://i.imgur.com/g2VIKVC.jpg for a comparison of BO to SpaceX.

    And shooting the capsule from the outside, implying that there were people on board, able to unstrap, float around, strap in again for landing — all that in so short a time? I don’t think so.

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