Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

As NASA discards reusable engines, Blue Origin and SpaceX push new frontiers

On the Monday before Thanksgiving NASA made what it deemed a momentous announcement: the space agency had awarded $1.16 billion to Aerojet Rocketdyne for rocket engines that would power its “Journey to Mars.” By contrast, a few hours earlier, the private space company Blue Origin secretly launched a rocket into space and safely landed it. The contrast between the deal struck in corridors of Washington D.C. and what had happened in the desert of West Texas could not have been more stark.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: arstechnica.com

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