Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Jeff Bezos live-tweets ‘flawless’ flight of Blue Origin spaceship

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos served as launch commentator today for a risky but successful third flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship to space and back. He even worked in a reference to his lucky cowboy boots.

The minutes-long suborbital mission not only featured the first ride for university research payloads, but also a quick restart of the propulsion module’s hydrogen-fueled BE-3 rocket engine, just seconds before what would have been a crash.

That maneuver was aimed at “pushing the envelope” for the uncrewed New Shepard’s performance, Bezos said on the eve of today’s flight.

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