Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos is also in the private space business, but at a smaller scale than Elon Musk.
Jeff Bezos revealed that his space venture, Blue Origin, performed a successful test of the New Shepard rocket yesterday. The rocket has a 10,000-lbf thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine that worked flawlessly, powering New Shepard through Mach 3 to its planned test altitude of 307,000 feet.
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There was only one problem that Blue Origin could not recover the propulsion module because we lost pressure in our hydraulic system on descent.
Blue Origin works on a larger version of the New Shepard that will be an orbital launch vehicle that is many times New Shepard’s size and is powered by our 550,000-lbf thrust liquefied natural gas, liquid oxygen BE-4 engine.
Blue Origin published videos of the test flight that have almost movie quality. Watch below.
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Blue Origin is a private company developing vehicles and technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has a long-term vision of greatly increasing the number of people that fly into space so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system.