So SpaceX And Blue Origin Can Land Rockets. Now What?
SpaceX and Blue Origin have shown they can send rockets to space and back intact, but there are plenty more milestones on the way to reusability.By Steven Sparkman | December 22, 2015
There are now two private companies that can send rockets into space and bring them back to the launchpad intact. So ... now what?
For all the hype about landing rockets lately, that's not really the goal — reusability is. As cool as it's been to see 30-ton rockets land like ballerinas, it would be a waste of money and fuel if the companies weren't working toward something more important. (Videos via SpaceX, Blue Origin)
For most of the history of space travel, the rockets that flew humans and our gadgets into orbit were either dumped in the ocean or left to burn up in the atmosphere. That's expensive. (Video via NASA)