Blue Origin’s Reusable Rocket

Until now only scientists, astronauts and cosmonauts, have had the opportunity to travel to space. This is soon changing with the emergence of a bubbling new industry called space tourism. Blue Origin’s New Shepard is a rocket designed to be used multiple times unlike traditional space vehicles that serve for just one use. The rocket completed its first ever successful launch on November 23rd 2015.

The rocket consists of two elements: the capsule to accommodate passengers & the engine required to provide thrust. The rocket is launched initially with its powerful BE-3 engine that gives it nearly one million horsepower of thrust which pushes it over 100.5km from the surface. The capsule separates from the engine and lands on the surface with the help of specialized chutes. The booster makes a return to the surface by igniting its engine again and deploying drag brakes that allow it land perfectly vertical.


This unmanned mission now provides opportunities to accommodate space tourism by furthering development in this field. What’s more is that New Shepard’s engine uses liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen instead of conventional fuels, which doesn’t contribute to carbon emission release.


Country of Origin: United States of America

Year: 2015


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