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They fall into the ocean and are recovered by ships.
Blue Origin achieved the milestone in late 2015.
Expendable launch systems are a one-and-done technology.
He is the product architect of Tesla Motors and a co-founder of PayPal.
The rocket boosters are reused. It takes several months to prepare the shuttle for another trip.
They dropped away from the shuttle as the craft was traveling 3,100 mph at an altitude of roughly 28 miles.
New Shepard touches ground softly under a parachute.
The enormous parachutes allowed for a gentle landing in the ocean.
Bezos founded Amazon. Blue Origin's company motto, in English, is "gradually ferocious."
For space technologies $3.7 million was kind of a drop in the bucket.
The thrust of five Boeing 747s is more than enough power to push the rocket into space.
The fleet was 20 years old. The tragedy made it clear that the shuttle program's end was near.
The engine has 550,000 pounds of thrust. It will be used on Blue Origin's orbital launch vehicle and on United Launch Alliance's Vulcan launch system.
It can hold six crew members and has an escape system in the event that a malfunction occurs during launch.
Each booster was 149 feet (45 meters) tall and 12 feet wide, and they generated 6.6 millions pounds of thrust.
Two separation events simplifies the flight and lowers risk.
And $60 million is on the low side.
The low cost of $6 million will open the frontier of space to many more companies.
No matter the fuel, the hardware has always cost a lot more.
Dragon not only takes payloads into orbit, it can bring stuff back to Earth, too.
They were the first spacecraft rockets to use solid propellant.
The vertical landing is one of the rocket's most astounding achievements.
It produces the thrust of 18 Boeing 747s. The thrust is much more powerful than the Falcon 9, allowing for greater payloads.
In that regard, the rocket is aptly named.
The necessary manpower of 9,000 employees was one of the program's drawbacks.
The space shuttles were a classic case of sticker shock.
NASA didn't get nearly the use that it expected out of these vehicles, as costs reduced the number of flights by about 75 percent.
Only 61 days passed between launches. The short turnaround time is one of the system's key selling points.
It is 230 feet tall and weighs nearly 2 million pounds.
The second-stage Merlin vacuum engine has a burn time of 397 seconds.