True to form, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin pulled off something spectacular yesterday in near-total secrecy:
That crashing sound you hear are the “OldSpace” business models collapsing from California to Florida.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Elon Musk didn’t take it all that gracefully. I’m actually a little disappointed in him as this shouldn’t take away from anything he’s done with SpaceX. Pro tip: don’t let it get under your skin. You’re building bigger rockets that are coming back from space even faster, so quit measuring dongs (then again, maybe all this really is a phallic hangup. I mean, just look at the thing).
A full-up test of their New Shepard suborbital passenger rocket is pretty impressive, given they’ve only flown it once before. Getting the passenger capsule into space and back is also cool. Two for two.
But flying the booster back from space and landing it? PRICELESS.