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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"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."