Founder of Amazon Jeffrey P. Bezos’ space dreams are coming true after his rocket company, Blue Origin, managed to successfully launch and land a reusable rocket on Monday. In a brief interview, Bezos said: “We’ll fly humans when we’re ready. I’m thinking it could be sometime in 2017.”
The rocket lofted a capsule that is hoped will eventually carry paying passengers on suborbital flights to a height of 100.5 kilometres above its launch site in West Texas. Outer space is considered to begin at 100 kilometres.
The capsule and the BE-3 liquid-fuelled rocket then separately landed safely, ready for another flight.
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It took approximately 11 minutes for the capsule to land after blast off with the help of parachutes. Meanwhile the rocket turned around when it reached outer space, re-fired its engines before easing to a gentle landing five feet from its target on the launchpad.
Check out footage of the launch and landing in the video below: