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Blue Origin lands its reusable rocket a fourth time

New Shepard also tested the redundancy of its crew capsule parachutes.

Blue Origin lands its reusable rocket a fourth time

Blue Origin lands its reusable rocket a fourth time

Blue Origin’s reusable rocket is practically running like clockwork. The private spaceflight outfit has successfully landed its New Shepard rocket a fourth time (during its first live stream), touching down with a seemingly effortless amount of grace. Jeff Bezos and company weren’t just showing off, though. They also successfully tested the redundancy of the crew capsule’s parachute system, showing that the capsule can survive even if one of the chutes fails. We’re still a long way from testing a manned capsule (the windows are still painted on in this version), but it’s an important step toward the goal of lower-cost space travel. You can watch the entire replay below — if you want to cut to the chase, the launch starts around the 1h 2m mark.

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