In a historic step toward reusable spaceflight, Blue Origin launches and lands its first REUSABLE rocket.
Blue Origin today announced that its New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching an altitude of 329,839 feet before executing a historic landing back at the launch site located in West Texas.
“Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts—a used rocket,” said Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin. “Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle flew a flawless mission—soaring to 329,839 feet and then returning through 119-mph high-altitude crosswinds to make a gentle, controlled landing just four and a half feet from the center of the pad. Full reuse is a game changer, and we can’t wait to fuel up and fly again.”