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Blue Origin soars into space from West Texas

30 April 2015

From the Houston Chronicle:

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, announced late Wednesday night the first flight of its New Shepard spacecraft into space.

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Powered by a BE-3 engine, the spacecraft flew to 307,000 feet, the edge of space, and returned smoothly to the ground. The company said it was able to recover the reusable spacecraft.

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Why is Bezos investing hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money in Blue Origin? Like the other new space pioneers he believes in the dream of cheap, reusable access to space. It appears we are getting closer indeed to that dream.

 

Link to the rest, including video, at Chron and thanks to M.S. and others for the tip.

PG thinks speeding up deliveries for Amazon is part of the rocket plan.

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23 Comments to “Blue Origin soars into space from West Texas”

  1. He might be better off skipping a generation and investing in this:
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nasa-says-emdrive-does-work-it-may-have-also-created-star-trek-warp-drive-1499098

    😉

    • A warp drive is worthless if you can’t get it (and yourself) out of this gravity pit we’re in. Once the solar system is ‘just a walk in the park’, then we can worry about the greater universe. 😉

      (and if we need the energy density of antimatter to power NASA’s little toy, then we really need to play with it off Earth. 😉

      Okay, so I popped off before reading the whole thing … 😛

      While it looks interesting for inter-system travel, we still need something to get us into space and off this rock.

      • As I understand it, the EM drive isn’t a warp drive so much as a reactionless drive. Still really cool, though, if it actually works.

        • It is also supposed to scale up strong enough for SSTO.
          So getting out of the gravity well is within its bag of tricks.
          It’s not as if it needs a vacuum to work.

          If it works at all. Not a certainty by far. What we do know for sure is that there is something weird going on in those cavities that affects lasers.

          It may be that the quest for new physics doesn’t need big expensive particle colliders, just cheap weird science concepts…

  2. The ballistic missile should be ready the next time negotiations come around with NY publishing.

  3. One of my lifetime goals is to look down on this planet from space.

  4. Amazon: Soon to be delivering to the ISS, via Blue Origin. Your move, UPS.

  5. I think we need something like ADS that describes Amazon Appreciation Syndrome (which I happily experience).

    Amazon announces something new and those that have AAS immediately extrapolate how that will get us our packages faster!!!

    Drones, spaceships, teleportation!!!! My subscribe and save is here 3 days early!!!! AAS!!!!

    After the post about Amazon delivering packages to the trunks of cars my friend texted me: “Eternal problem solved! God pairs with Amazon to deliver blessings on prime!”

    yeah, he has AAS too!

    • “I think we need something like ADS that describes Amazon Appreciation Syndrome (which I happily experience).”

      In response to the popularity of the term ADS there was a post some time ago defining the mentality of many indies as a condition of AIS; Amazon Infatuation Syndrome. As you would imagine, it indicted all us little, mindless drones (who were never good enough or too lazy for real publishing) who heap praise and adulation upon KDP and Evil Overlord Bezos for making our invalid publishing dreams feasible while blinding us to his many greater evils.

      A good laugh was had by all here.

    • “Eternal problem solved! God pairs with Amazon to deliver blessings on prime!”

      Love it!

  6. Is Bezos doing this because he wants to go home? 😉

    • Oooooooooooh! Too, too…something! Thanks for the delight! 😀

    • thanks for that laugh Josie

      Jeff Bezos does appear, with his high-pitched nervous giggle, apparent little need for sleep and seeming in perpetual motion, to perhaps be from Tralfamadore or surrounds. lol

  7. “PG thinks speeding up deliveries for Amazon is part of the rocket plan.”

    As long as my packages don’t burn up on re-entry.

  8. PG thinks speeding up deliveries for Amazon is part of the rocket plan.

    Hard to beat an eleven-second download to Kindle…

  9. Ummm, it looks like a giant…

  10. Is the Firefly-class cargo ship ready for pre-order? Come on, Amazon, take my money!

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