Blue Origin Success-fully Launches & Lands Reusable Rocket for 3rd Time - Physics-Astronomy.org

Blue Origin Success-fully Launches & Lands Reusable Rocket for 3rd Time

On Saturday, April 2, Blue Origin effectively launched its reusable New Shepard vehicle on a brief jaunt to space for the third time from its launch site in West Texas, continuing to showcase the feasibility of its reusable rocket technology.
This launch saw the rocket fly straight up to a height of 103.8 kilometers (64.5 miles), experiencing a couple of minutes of microgravity before recurring to Earth. It is the same rocket as used on the previous two flights, this being the highest launch so far.
The unmanned rocket’s capsule separated to land under parachutes, while the rocket perform a powered landing, approximately identical to the company’s previous two flights. A key dissimilarity this time about though was the timing of the engine restart.
The propulsive landing started just 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above the ground, with CEO Jeff Bezos tweeting there would have been an “impact in 6 sec if engine doesn’t restart & ramp quick.” Of course, this was entirely intended, and was merely intended to show the increased ability of the impressive BE-3 booster.
Blue Origin is recognized for its secrecy, but its recent string of rocket success seems to have seen the company become much additional open. Just last month, Bezos gave journalists a tour of the company’s facilities, a privilege not afford before. And prior to this latest launch attempt, he tweeted numerous particulars about the upcoming flight. Other flights have all been conducted under wraps.
While the earlier two launches were accompanied with stylish videos, Blue Origin really step it up a notch this time about. Drone cameras were used to capture stunning footage of the rocket recurring to the ground, while on-board cameras capture the rocket’s-eye view. Check out the video below.
This latest flight was also more than presently a test of the technology. It approved with it two experiment from universities, one to gauge the effects of microgravity on small rocks and the other to see how collisions occur in microgravity. Blue Origin has complete no secret of its desire to privatize space travel, and airborne experiments (and ultimately people) is a step in that direction.
Blue Origin is often said to be a straight rival to SpaceX, but while the two companies have similar end goals, they are at dissimilar stages at the moment. However, Blue Origin has its sights on finally launching orbital rockets like Elon Musk’s corporation, and they are even planning to start manned flights then year – the same year SpaceX hopes to do so.
What’s obvious is that the commercialization of space is well and truthfully steaming ahead. This latest launch reaffirms Blue Origin’s commitment to personal spaceflight, and while the company is not yet ready to reveal the exact details of its future plans, you can be sure you’ll be hearing plenty more about their growth in the coming years.

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