Blue Origin Launches, Returns Same New Shepard Rocket It Landed Last November

By  //  January 23, 2016

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another step toward future of reusable rockets

ABOVE VIDEO: Blue Origin launched and brought back to Earth the same New Shepard rocket that it landed for the first time back in November. And not just the same design—the same physical rocket. (Blue Origin video)

Blue Origin launched and brought back to Earth the same New Shepard rocket that it landed for the first time back in November.

And not just the same design—the same physical rocket. You can expect a lot more firsts in the coming months, as Blue Origin attempts to launch and re-land the New Shepard over and over again. Every successive landing is another big step toward the future of reusable rockets.

Blue Origin’s accomplishment comes just a month after its competitor SpaceX successfully landed one of its own rockets, the Falcon 9, on a landing pad at Cape Canaveral—and less than a week after it failed to land a second Falcon 9 on an autonomous barge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Blue Origin launched and brought back to Earth the same New Shepard rocket that it landed for the first time back in November. (Blue Origin image)


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