A new era space tourism is to be set in motion, thanks to the innovation brought to us by Jezz Bezos and the Blue Origin project. New Shepard sets record with vertical landing after the unmanned craft successfully returns from a trip into outer space.
Blue Origin spokespersons just posted an announcement on all social media, stating that their new project, codenamed New Shepard, has just made a successful landing after reaching the designated altitude of 329839 feet.
Our new shepherd of the stars took off from a pad situated in New Texas. In a couple of minutes, it managed to reach the required test altitude. After a couple of hours, the unmanned spacecraft returned to its designated landing pad safe and sound. Moreover, the computer-guided probe managed to hit the target with a clock-like precision. The technicians administering the project declared that the spacecraft had a total deviation of 1.4 meters from its original landing site.
Now the battle is waged between billionaire Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, to see who is the first to develop a spacecraft actually capable of transporting tourists into outer space. Musk, the owner of Space Exploration Technologies, set in motion several projects regarding shuttles which are capable of hauling space enthusiasts into space. Unfortunately, most of Musk’s efforts to win the space race have ended in utter failure, giving Bezos the upper hand. Musk’s flagship that eluded all efforts to make it more practical is named Falcon 9.
Blue Origin aim to take space flight to a whole new level. Apart from developing technology capable of delivering our boys safe from sound from space, Bezos said that his company is actually thinking into tackling the possibility of space tourism at suborbital altitudes.
More on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 ambitious project. The whole aim of the endeavor was to fashion rocket shuttles that were cheap to produce. Moreover, the company wanted to develop a craft that can be reused. Only by working with keywords like reusability and low-cost production, one could hope to achieve sending people into outer space.
Musk’s placed the stakes even higher. His company wanted to fashion a reusable craft that was capable of reaching designated altitudes, return from suborbit and then safely land of the floating barge. The whole idea seems impossible, but it has been proven that it does hold some viability.
Still, more research is needed in order to overcome some technical issues surrounding this project.