With Tuesday’s Bezos space launch, Blue Origin engineers look for more ‘extreme elation’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

With Tuesday’s Bezos space launch, Blue Origin engineers look for more ‘extreme elation’

The rocket model that will take Jeff Bezos and three others into space on Tuesday has performed almost flawlessly on 15 previous launches. Almost.

On the first try in April 2015, the pioneering self-landing booster rocket crashed to Earth and was destroyed.

Blue Origin engineers responded, perfecting the innovative launch technology they’d created with the New Shepard rocket — though the failure highlights the difficulty and the attendant risks.

“That’s the reason we do test,” said Gary Lai, lead designer of New Shepard. “We found the problem from that mission, which was an issue with the hydraulic system, and we fixed it.”

“We look for those gems of learning that will allow us to improve the next mission,” he added. “And when that works out and you nail it, that’s the best professional feeling of satisfaction you can ever get.”

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