A Private Space Company Has Just Released Incredible Footage Of Its Reusable Rocket Landing

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Jeff Bezos' private space company, Blue Origin, declared on Tuesday morning that it had actually made history. It had effectively flown its first-stage rocket, named New Shepard, to a height of 100 km (62 miles) and brought it back without crashing it. This is a big achievement for the upcoming era of reusable rockets, which is projected to intensely reduce the cost of spaceflight. With a fleet of reusable rockets, space agencies will no longer need a new multimillion-dollar rocket for every single flight. The New Shepard rocket was also transporting a spaceship that is aimed to sooner or later shuttle six customers into suborbital space.
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Suborbital space is right at the edge where the gravitational pull from Earth ends and space starts – which is about nearly 100 km above Earth's surface. Blue Origin's contender SpaceX has also constructed reusable rockets, but it has been failed in its two tries to land them safely. There are a few variances among SpaceX's reusable rockets and Blue Origin's, which head of communications Jessica Pieczonka, clarified to Business Insider:

"SpaceX is only trying to recover their first stage booster, which is of course suborbital. The SpaceX first stage does an in-space deceleration burn to make their re-entry more benign. If anything, the Blue Origin booster may be the one that flies through the harsher re-entry environment. Finally, the hardest part is probably the final landing segment which is the same for both boosters."
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