Bezos Beats Musk in Race to Make Rocket Land Standing Up

By Jamie Condliffe on at

PayPal founder Elon Musk's SpaceX outift has been trying — and failing — to vertically land its rockets for months now. Never averse to a bit of competition, Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space company seems to have beaten Musk's efforts, achieving the feat with its own New Shepard craft.

In the video, Bezos’s private space firm Blue Origin shows the most recent launch of its New Shepard space vehicle. During the test mission, its BE-3 rocket and crew capsule were launched to a height of 62 miles. Then, the capsule made a controlled landing, falling to the ground under a parachute.

But the BE-3 rocket also began its own controlled descent, when its own rockets fired at 5,000 feet. It then managed to go on to make a neat, vertical landing, touching the ground at a sedate 4.4 miles per hour.

It’s in some contrast to SpaceX’s attempts, which have thus far all ended in disaster. What's the problem, Elon? It's not exactly rocket scie–––oh wait, that's exactly what it is. As you were, Musk.

Excuses, excuses.

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