Blue Origin – the personal space-flight firm based by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos – has efficiently launched its New Shepard rocket and capsule for the eighth time.
Launching from Texas on Sunday, the New Shepard mission reached its goal altitude of 66 miles (107km) – a great distance wanting the 211-mile altitude of the Worldwide Area Station’s low Earth orbit.
The sub-orbital New Shepard rocket is able to being landed and reused after launch, very similar to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets – however it does not have the Falcon 9’s energy to get into orbit.
Not like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has performed resupply missions for the Worldwide Area Station and launched satellites, Blue Origin is focusing on the house vacationer market – giving passengers the chance to expertise weightlessness for a short interval.
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Weight distinction between New Shepard and the Falcon 9 reveals within the completely different manner the rockets land.
The New Shepard rocket virtually hovers for a second earlier than straightening up and touchdown down, in contrast to the Falcon 9, whose thrusters must blast simply to cease the rocket crashing into the touchdown pad and exploding.
Regardless of the similarities between the businesses, they don’t seem to be true rivals pursuing the identical clients.
Whereas each Blue Origins and SpaceX are led by billionaires, Mr Bezos’ wealth exceeds Mr Musk’s virtually seven occasions – with over $132bn (£96bn) to his identify in comparison with Mr Musk’s $19bn (£13bn).
The pair beforehand swapped barbed feedback on Twitter as their rival personal house initiatives jostle for public consideration.
Again in March, Mr Bezos topped Forbes journal’s annual wealthy listing for the primary time, overtaking Microsoft’s Invoice Gates.
Mr Bezos 54, based the web retail large in 1994. He has seen his fortune swell over 12 months by which Amazon’s share worth has practically doubled.
Final month Amazon reported a 28% rise in annual earnings to only over $3bn (£2bn).