Rocket Report: Super Heavy lights up, China tries to recover a fairing

Photos from New Shepard launch day.

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Welcome to Edition 4.08 of the Rocket Report! It’s been another big week for private spaceflight, which means I made my second trip in nine days to the El Paso airport. This time, I enjoyed getting to see Blue Origin’s launch site in West Texas, and watching New Shepard launch in person. It’s an impressively engineered vehicle that appears to offer a super smooth ride to space.

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Jeff Bezos blasts off. Will Blue Origin follow? On Tuesday morning, the founder of Amazon fulfilled a lifelong dream of flying into space aboard a rocket and capsule he personally funded. “Best day ever,” Bezos said after landing safely beneath three parachutes. “My expectations were high, and they were dramatically exceeded.” It was a great day for Blue Origin and its beautifully engineered New Shepard launch system.

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