You've Seen Rockets Takeoff, Have You Seen Any Land on Earth?
At CDS most of us are engineers, as are most of you, our customers. From time to time we're so amazed and delighted by new engineering achievements that we want to share them with you just in case you haven't already seen them. Enjoy!
Blue Origin's success is not the first vertical landing by a rocket - for example the Apollo Moon Landings and SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket in 2014 (for comparison of Blue Origin and SpaceX's efforts see this link) - but it's the first time a rocket went to the edge of Space, free fell back to earth, restarted its engine and successfully landed vertically on Earth. The key proof point is the ability to reuse rockets because this dramatically changes the economics of travel to Space. Previously they have been discarded on each launch. In our view, this is one of the greatest engineering achievements of 2015.
Privatizing Space launches is paying off big time and follows in the steps of successful American jump starting of other industries, for example, the transcontinental railroad, the Internet, GPS). These have all ultimately produced big economic returns that increased US GDP, kept spending in the US, created serious US jobs, and leveraged America’s entrepreneurial advantages.
We look forward to more new Space successes in 2016 as American entrepreneurship drives more innovations and private company achievement.
Season's Greeting and Happy Holidays to you all.