Sunday, January 24, 2016

First Successful ‘Reused Spacecraft’ Launched and Landed | VIDEO

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First Successful ‘Reused Spacecraft’ Launched and Landed

By Steve Colyer

      Launch a rocket, land it, then launch it again. Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space company has accomplished a significant historical first in space exploration. Yesterday, the same exact rocket that became the first to visit space and land vertically repeated the accomplishment. The New Shepard spacecraft powered its unmanned capsule to 101.7 km above the Earth and landed the crew capsule and booster successfully. Ultimately the capsules will be manned by 2-3 paying customers. Returning a rocket successfully for reuse is crucial to reducing the cost of space exploration. New Shepard uses the BE-3 rocket engine. [...]

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