Blue Origin, the company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, releases video showing its new rocket taking off and then landing safely in West Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: The New Shepard rocket, which is designed to carry six passengers, blasted off from a launch site in West Texas at 12:21 p.m. CST (1821 GMT) on Monday. The rocket reached an altitude of 62 miles (100 km) - breaching the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space - and landed back at the launch site eight minutes later, the company said. "Rockets have always been expendable. Not anymore. Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket," Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com Inc and owns the Washington Post newspaper, wrote in a Blue Origin blog post. In suborbital spaceflight, rockets are not traveling fast enough to reach the speed required to counter the pull of Earth's gravity, so they re-enter the atmosphere like a ballistic missile. Blue Origin is among a handful of companies developing vehicles to carry cargo and paying passengers into space.