Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin re-launched the rocket that came down two months ago.
Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket that landed two months ago. It seems that the race for space is now including reusable rockets in its repertoire.
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While Elon Musk’s SpaceX is full of pomp and fury, it just cannot measure up to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin which crosses the finish line every time.
The New Shepard flight, which took place in November of last year, reached a height of 329,839 feet and it landed vertically in Texas safe and sound. Thus it went beyond the Karman Line and the ride was smooth as silk.
Way back then, SpaceX’s Elon Musk countered Jeff Bezos’ claim to fame by saying reaching space wasn’t the same thing as orbital spaceflight. This rubbed Jeff Bezos the wrong way.
Elon Musk claimed that the Falcon 9 rocket was light years ahead of Blue Origin’s spacecraft. In fact, there was simply no comparison. Many would actually agree with Musk that SpaceX is making the real road trips while Blue Origin is just playing around in the backyard.
However, it is a delight to see so much being accomplished by Blue Origin in a focused area of expertise. Besides, both companies are into reusable rockets and this field holds promise for the future.
Both competitors are headed by leaders who are daredevil optimistic risk-takers and movers and shakers in their own right. They don’t normally take no for an answer.
And they want the results pouring in right here, right now. Such is the urgency of their drive for success. While SpaceX was tooting its own horn, Blue Origin was keeping mum the whole time. In the latest attempt, the rocket is meant to be reused again and again.
Unlike Musk who means to keep his rocket in a museum, Jeff Bezos plans on milking his company’s Shepard rocket down to the last drop of utility it has left in it. And this year alone, the Blue Origin rocket will be up for a number of journeys into the empyrean heights.
Now this is what we call healthy competition. The space race is definitely on as SpaceX and Blue Origin take part in a series of one-upmanship games of male ego-boosting. It is rocket science alright and may the best man or company win!