Blue Origin successfully crashes a space tourism capsule

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A Blue Origin rocket has now made four safe trips into space and this time around it landed with only two of its three parachutes open.

The space tourism company landed its Blue Shepherd rocket again Sunday following an unmanned test flight from its launch site in West Texas.

Blue Origin wants to offer its customers a ride into suborbital space, reaching about 62 miles above Earth’s surface. The company’s first passengers could fly into space in as little as two years.

On Sunday, the company crash tested the portion of its spacecraft intended to carry people.

The capsule landed safely after one of its three parachutes intentionally malfunctioned upon descent.

 “Traditionally, companies spend millions of dollars and many man hours building a new rocket for every single flight,” Blue Origin business and development strategist Ariane Cornell said on the company’s first-ever live webcast of the launch Sunday. “We spend just a mere fraction of that refurbishing this rocket. We’re talking about low thousands of dollars.”

Blue Origin designed its rocket to launch “at least 50 times” for the price of one rocket.

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Rocket landings are becoming industry standard thanks to Blue Origin and SpaceX, both which have landed their rockets on land with little to no damage.

SpaceX landed two of its rockets on a remotely piloted seaborne platform after launching missions destined for distant orbit. SpaceX will attempt to refly one of its rockets this fall.

On Sunday, Richard Branson — whose Virgin Galactic is seeking to compete with Blue Origin — wished Jeff Bezos “Good Luck” ahead of the test flight.

“We’ll be cheering for you. Space needs all of us,” Branson posted on Twitter.

Elon Musk, who has traded competitive messages with Bezos, has not yet responded to the successful parachute test.

Written by John Howard

John Howard

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