VAN HORN, Texas: A private space company completed its third successful unmanned rocket launch and safe landing in West Texas with the same vehicle it used during previous tests.
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs) said in a series of tweets from his official Twitter account that the reusable New Shepard was launched Saturday near Van Horn, Texas, and returned to Earth with another upright landing.
New Shepard consists of a capsule designed to take people into space for suborbital flights, along with a booster.
Bezos, the Amazon CEO, said the capsule parachuted to the ground while the rocket engine's was restarted during its successful descent.
The Kent, Washington state-based company also launched the New Shepard on November 23 and January 22 from the same site.
Several other US companies are also competing in the private space business.
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