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.