On Saturday, April 2, Blue Origin successfully launched its reusable New Shepard vehicle on a brief jaunt to space for the third time from its launch site in West Texas, continuing to showcase the viability of its reusable rocket technology.
This launch saw the rocket fly straight up to a height of 103.8 kilometers (64.5 miles), experiencing a couple of minutes of microgravity before returning to Earth. It is the same rocket as used on the previous two flights, this being the highest launch so far.
The unmanned rocket’s capsule separated to land under parachutes, while the rocket performed a powered landing, almost identical to the company’s previous two flights. A key difference this time around though was the timing of the engine restart.
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