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Same booster third flight: Blue Origin releases video of April 2 test

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft conducted its third flight on April 2, 2016. New Shepard reached an apogee of 339,178 feet (103 kilometers). Perhaps most notably, it marked the third time that particular booster was used to carry out a test flight – proving the reusability of the design.

As was noted on SpaceFlight Insider, this was first time that the BE-3 rocket engine used for the propulsive landing was activated a mere 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) off the ground.

Video courtesy of Blue Origin


Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Reader Comments

David VomLehn

Nice. Like the tagline, too (Launch. Land. Repeat). Anyone know the max number of Gs the booster pulls in those last few seconds before landing?

Great stuff! I’d book a ride if I could afford it!

Not a lot of slack in that landing profile

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