On Monday, November 23, 2015, the New Shephard rocket became the world’s first reusable rocket after performing a perfect vertical landing in Van Horn, Texas. Amazon’s entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, who is the founder of the spacecraft company Blue Origin which is behind the creation of this rocket, bathed in glory as he oversaw the launch and landing of the New Shephard.
The suborbital rocket flew at approximately 2,800 mph and reached the planned test altitude of 329,839 feet before landing safely at its launch site in West Texas. Jeff Bezos and the innovative brains in Blue Origin have accomplished something that is almost equivalent to “a giant leap for mankind”.
Rocket launches cost millions of dollars. A reusable rocket entirely changes the math behind the expenses of a launch. While there is a lot to conquer in the world of spacecraft, Blue Origin has paved the way for feasible suborbital rockets. These launchers fly in a high, dramatic arc offering you the chance to experience weightlessness for a few minutes. In addition to this, you can view the earth’s atmosphere and immerse yourself in the spectacular views of space.
Suborbital rockets can create the potential for space tourism; however they cannot be put in an orbit. SpaceX is trying to achieve this by creating rockets that can reach a speed limit that is fast enough to defy gravity and orbit the Earth; however they have not succeeded yet.
The New Shephard has undoubtedly created history and Jeff Bezos has marked a new beginning for spacecraft. While he has been garnering all the attention for this impeccable feat, there is no doubt that the company plans to take tourism to the next level by introducing us to the expansive space in a reusable rocket.