Blue Origin sends reusable rocket up again, safe landing

January 25, 2016

VAN HORN (AP) — A private space company completed another successful unmanned rocket launch in West Texas with the same vehicle as November and with a safe landing.

Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos (BAY’-zohs), announced the reusable New Shepard launched Friday near Van Horn, and returned to Earth with another upright landing.

The Kent, Washington-based company also launched the New Shepard on Nov. 23 from the same site.

New Shepard consists of a capsule designed to take people into space for suborbital flights someday, and a booster.

In the November flight, the booster soared about 62 miles high and released the capsule, which parachuted to the ground. A Blue Origin statement says Friday’s flight went more than 63 miles up.


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