Watch Jeff Bezos' New Rocket Take to the Skies for the First Time

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Yesterday, Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle ventured out on its first developmental test flight. The Jeff Bezos-founded organisation reports that the launch was a success — though it didn’t manage to recover the propulsion module as it hoped.

The vehicle’s 110,000-lbf thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine apparently “worked flawlessly” during the test according to Bezos, with guidance, navigation, control and separation all working as planned. “Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return,” he adds.

Sadly, one of the main goals of Blue Origin is re-use, so the failure on that front is a shame. Maybe next time? [Blue Origin]