Okay, so it wasn‘t Jeff Bezos himself. The Amazon CEO owns a firm called Blue Origin, and they have just taken to the VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) rocket race with aplomb.
The whole world was looking toward Elon Musk‘s SpaceX to be the leader in the this new phase of the space race which will use reusable rockets to take cargo (and perhaps one day humans) into space without the need to discard it when the mission is complete (or even before). SpaceX announced that their Falcon Heavy rocket will launch in 2016, but Blue Origin have beaten them to the punch.
It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle, consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of 100.5 kilometres, after which the capsule separated and touched down beneath a parachute, but more importantly, the BE-3 rocket also started its own descent.
At about 5,000 feet the rockets engaged to make a controlled vertical landing at a gentle 7 kph. Elon Musk, being the gentleman he has always displayed since becoming prominent in the business world, tweeted the following in congratulations.
Congrats to Jeff Bezos and the BO team for achieving VTOL on their booster