Back in November we saw the Blue Origin Rocket make it first successful landing after it had traveled into space and now the same rocket has managed its second landing.
This is a significant achievement for the Blue Origin Rocket, as the whole point of this rocket and also Elon Musk’s Space X rocket it that they are reusable, have a look at the video below.
Data from the November mission matched our preflight predictions closely, which made preparations for today’s re-flight relatively straightforward. The team replaced the crew capsule parachutes, replaced the pyro igniters, conducted functional and avionics checkouts, and made several software improvements, including a noteworthy one. Rather than the vehicle translating to land at the exact center of the pad, it now initially targets the center, but then sets down at a position of convenience on the pad, prioritizing vehicle attitude ahead of precise lateral positioning. It’s like a pilot lining up a plane with the centerline of the runway. If the plane is a few feet off center as you get close, you don’t swerve at the last minute to ensure hitting the exact mid-point. You just land a few feet left or right of the centerline. Our Monte Carlo sims of New Shepard landings show this new strategy increases margins, improving the vehicle’s ability to reject disturbances created by low-altitude winds.
You can find out more details about the Blue Origin Rocket over at their website at the link below, this is a project by Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
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