Blue Origin's New Shepard flight today was very much within their engineering philosophy -- carefully planned, carefully engineered, and executed without a bobble. If SpaceX is a "move fast and break things" company, Blue Origin believes in "never show unfinished work," and have exercised a great deal of control in both their experimental program and access to it. When they're ready to pull back the curtain, they're ready.
It paid off today.
There are many paths to success and I am pleased to see a variety of successful approaches to the difficult work of spaceflight.
Jeff Bezo's space program is not just an up-and-back outfit, either. Blue Origin's orbital rocket, the New Glenn, may fly as soon as late next year. Those rockets launch from Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, just down the road (and across the line between KSC and CCSFS) from SpaceX's current launch location, 39A, and very near (by spaceport standards) to LZ-1 and 2,* the SpaceX ground landing locations.
Looks like the high frontier's finally opening up.
* Not this LZ-1 and 2!
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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