Elon Musk Shoots down Jeff Bezos’ Latest Rocket Achievement



/ 2 years ago

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It’s not exactly easy to land a rocket in a controlled fashion, but it appears that Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin initiative has managed to do just that a little while ago. Blue Origin’s New Shepard unmanned capsule has managed to ascend to an altitude of 333,000 feet or about 62 miles on Monday, and then it landed using parachutes on the company’s private range in West Texas. In order to celebrate this admittedly impressive achievement, Jeff Bezos posted a Tweet in which he pointed to a “Historic Rocket Landing” video. However, even though Elon Musk initially congratulated him, he then posted another series of Tweets that were a little less friendly, one of which said: “Jeff maybe unaware SpaceX suborbital VTOL flight began 2013. Orbital water landing 2014. Orbital land landing next.”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been attempting to land large Falcon 9 rocket boosters on an ocean platform for some time now, but all attempts have been unsuccessful so far. By comparison, the Blue Origins booster managed to fly through 119 mile-per-hour crosswinds before using its single BE-3 engine in order to slow its fall and control its landing. To be fair, Bezos’ rocket is much lighter when compared to Musk’s Falcon 9, which is considerably heavier and more difficult to land safely. Reusable rockets could dramatically lower the costs of human spaceflight, which is why I’m very glad to see some real progress regarding this particular technology.

Image courtesy of BlueOrigin.


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One Response to “Elon Musk Shoots down Jeff Bezos’ Latest Rocket Achievement”
  1. Spencer Dodge says:

    Spacex also has to slow down from semi orbital speeds, Deal with more heating, More structural problems since they launch payloads and not just humans, Land on a moving platform, And deal with strong winds in the ocean, and yes weight of the rocket. But I think elon is more freaking out over the media more so then blue origin. Since like 70% of all media is saying that blue origin did it first when spacex did the same thing like 2-3 years ago.

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