The Blue Origin rocket blasted off from a launchpad in Texas and travelled to the edge of space – before safely landing back on the same spot. This is now the third successful attempt by the space firm backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and brings space tourism a step closer.
By showing that reusable rockets are a realistic option, the potential costs of sending tourists into orbit could be substantially cut. Last weekend’s blast-off by New Shepard is a hat-trick for the pioneering company – it was the third time in just over four months that a spent rocket has landed safely back on Earth.
Many experts believe that the reliable recovery and reuse of boosters could seal the business case for space tourism.
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