Blue Origin Launches First Successful Reusable Rocket

photo credit: Blue Orign

photo credit: Blue Orign

The New Shepard space vehicle, created by Blue Origin, has reached the edge of space and returned to Earth in a controlled landing. This is a historic feat due to the fact that rockets of the past have been expendable. 

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, stated, "Now safely tucked away at our site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts- a used rocket. Blue Origin's reusable New Shepard space vehicle flew a flawless mission- soaring to 329,839 feet and then returning through 119-mph high altitude crosswinds to make a gentle, controlled landing just four and a half feet from the center of the pad. Full reuse is a game changer, and we can't wait to fuel up and fly again."

Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) Technology


Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) is a leading spaceflight technology company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion. The company is developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) technology.

Through one of its subsidiaries in Costa Rica, AARC is also currently developing an integrated “turn-key” solution of distributed renewable energy systems, relevant to many niche applications worldwide. One of these involves the hydrogen energy cycle

Eagleworks Propulsion Technologies

NASA/JSC is implementing an advanced propulsion physics laboratory,known as "Eagleworks", to pursue propulsion technologies necessary to enable human exploration of the solar system over the next 50 years, and enabling interstellar spaceflight by the end of the century. Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, Paul March, Nehemiah Williams, and William O’Neill have written a paper called Eagleworks Laboratories: Advanced Propulsion Physics Research on the subject.