Blue Origin Goddard
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Blue Origin Goddard is the name of the first development vehicle in Blue Origin's New Shepard program, which flew for the first time on November 13, 2006. Named after rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard, the vehicle is a subscale demonstrator and flew at a 285 ft altitude during its initial flight. The private spacecraft venture is being funded by the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, hopes that the private spacecraft could eventually bring space travel within the reach of the masses. The Goddard rocket uses 9 BE-1 Engines, and is a single stage sub-orbital test vehicle. A video of the cone-shaped Goddard vehicle shows it climbing to about 85 m (285 ft) before returning to Earth, in a remote part of Texas.
The flight marked the first time Jeff Bezos broke his silence on the work of his space company, Blue Origin. On the company's website, Bezos said: "We're working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight" "Accomplishing this mission will take a long time, and we're working on it methodically." Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the intention of developing a vertical take-off and landing vehicle, able to carry passengers. After the Goddard rocket, Blue Origin began work on the New Shepard rocket, a suborbital vehicle capable of taking passengers, or experiments to the edge of space.
The video filmed on 13 November 2006 from a site about 120 miles east of El Paso, Texas shows the first craft to launch under the New Shepard program. The vehicle climbed for approximately 10 seconds, reaching a height of 285 ft, before starting to descend and making a controlled landing back on its feet approximately 25 seconds after take-off. It made 3 flights before retirement.