The space startup Blue Origin, headed by Amazon.com chairman Jeff Bezos, completed its third successful unmanned rocket launch and safe landing. The company released a video on Sunday that indicated the rocket landed at a speed of less than 5 mph.
According to a tweet by Bezos, this landing was anticipated to be more difficult than previous attempts because the engine would be required to kick in instantly at the end of the descent and deliver high thrust. According to the video that they released, the rocket landed at a speed of less than 5 mph. Bezos is in competition with fellow billionaire Elon Musk, who is also attempting experiments with various types of space travel.
One of Musk’s goals in space travel is to colonize Mars. They have a spacecraft called Dragon, which will eventually be used to take people into space. Musk’s company SpaceX has also flown 9 missions to the International Space Station in space. Blue Origin’s New Shepherd spacecraft consists of a capsule designed to take people into space for sub orbital flights, along with a booster. It is a reusable launch system named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to go to space.
If all goes well with testing, people could be taken into space for sub orbital thrill rides as soon as 2018. The successful landing of a rocket that has been launched into space is making history.