There's A New Front-Runner In The Reusable Rockets Race
Blue Origin, not SpaceX, is the first company to successfully send a reusable rocket into space and land it upright on a launch pad.By Steven Sparkman | November 24, 2015
Well, that came out of nowhere. Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon, says it's successfully sent a rocket into space and then landed it right where it took off.
The company says its New Shepard rocket — named after Alan Shepard, the first American in space — carried an unmanned crew capsule just over 62 miles up before landing mere feet from the center of its launch pad in western Texas.
You'd be forgiven for not knowing Blue Origin was working on a reusable rocket. You might not have even heard of the company because Elon Musk's SpaceX claims way more headlines.