Recently Blue Origin has shown progress as compared to SpaceX which bombed.
Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin, was a pioneer in matters of launching a rocket into outer space and then landing it back on earth. Blue Origin is basically a space tourism company.
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While for all purposes this seems simple enough in fact it is one of the most difficult things on earth. The great thing is that the rocket was able to function in terms of its re-usability. Jeff Bezos made the announcement on Twitter.
Normally no used rockets are used in a mission. So this is a historic landmark in space travel. In the ordinary course of things, a rocket is brand new and it is a done thing that once a mission is over, its use value is close to nil.
The whole shell of the rocket is used as scrap metal, meaning that millions of dollars worth of equipment is lost forever. A brand new rocket is made for a new mission. Imagine how costly this would be in the case of airplane rides. Thus a reusable rocket could cut the costs of a space tour by nearly a hundred times.
The game of space travel is about to be changed forever, thanks to Blue Origin’s initiative. The space industry has its diversity and there is a difference between each and every rocket be it reusable or not.
Some passed the hint that SpaceX was lagging behind Blue Origin after this reusable rocket got launched. The reason was that SpaceX had two of its mission rockets explode upon landing.
Landing is a precarious proposal and despite the company’s best efforts both missions ended in failure. But Elon Musk of SpaceX pointed out the difference between Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard and his own company’s Falcon 9 rockets.
Congrats to Jeff Bezos and the BO team for achieving VTOL on their booster— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2015
Elon Musk did have the decency, courtesy and integrity to congratulate Jeff Bezos on the successful launch and landing of his reusable rocket. But he also indicated the contradictions. While Blue Origin’s rockets have a seating capacity for six passengers and barely enter space, SpaceX’s rockets can take payloads as high as 90,000 km into space.
Getting to space needs ~Mach 3, but GTO orbit requires ~Mach 30. The energy needed is the square, i.e. 9 units for space and 900 for orbit.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2015
The two schemes in space travel are miles apart. In Blue Origin’s case, the speed is Mach 3 while in case of SpaceX, it is Mach 30. While entering space is not that big a deal, staying in it is a very difficult job.
Some have pointed out that Elon Musk’s comparisons are not quite accurate but they in fact do hold water.
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