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Another First In Human History: World’s First Fully Reusable Rocket Goes Into Space And Returns In Usable Way

The video at this link and embedded below captures a first in human history, the first reusable space launch vehicle launching into space and returning in reusable form via a soft landing.

This is important for many reasons. The economics of it is a key driver. Up to 90% of the cost of launch is in the rockets that till this point have always been destroyed by re-entry. So being able to return the engines in a format where they can be reused is going to drop the cost of access to space.  This particular rocket is designed for sub orbital missions but others, including SpaceX, are also working on reusable engines that will take payloads even higher.

Another very important and incredibly interesting point about this is that it was not produced by a government or a consortia of governments or any traditional space company at all. It comes from the same minds that figured out how to best sell books online and how to optimize computational power through cloud computing. Yep, the vision from this came from Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, and his consistent vision and support is what has made this historic event possible. Think of that next time you talk about Amazon Web Services or Cloud Computing in general. Once you start thinking about efficiencies you can find that model disrupts across multiple industries.

So, thanks Jeff. Gradatim Ferociter!

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com