Blue Origin announced its New Glenn orbital rocket, named after John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit our planet, around September previous year.
Blue Origin is working towards the first launch of its super heavy-lift rocket, the New Glenn.
Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight in 2015. That's not expected to affect the Blue Origin deal, however.
"SpaceX has a great record of doing exactly what they say they're going to do but always several years later than they said they were going to do it", astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell Blue Origin will start plans for its Vulcan rocket. "When we do achieve that goal, we will reach a new equilibrium in this industry". Interestingly, this also outlines one of the few prominent differences between SpaceX and Blue Origin's modus operandi.
Yesterday, Bezos showed the world the first fully assembled BE-4 engine.
The Eutelsat communications satellite launch could happen in 2021 or 2022, the company said.
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This undated photo provided by the Haley family shows Martha Williams, of East Providence, R.I., when she was about 25 years old. Police in Rhode Island believe it was a tragic accident that led to the death of two elderly twin sisters.
Seven BE 4 engines will be required to power one New Glenn rocket, which will be 23 feet in diameter and be as high as 313 feet, depending on the payload.
Blue Origin has comprehensive, recent experience developing booster engines and is implementing a low-risk development approach for the BE-4 engine.
The BE-4 and AR1 will employ a staged combustion cycle, a more efficient engine cycle than now available on other US liquid hydrocarbon rocket engines. Two BE-4 engines provide a combined total of 1.1 million pounds of thrust, which provides a greater payload capability relative to the RD-180.
The biggest part of making space tourism a reality is reducing costs enough that it's feasible for actual human beings to go to space, and not just the ultra-rich.
The rocket will be capable of carrying nearly 100,000 pounds of payload into low-Earth orbit and nearly 29,000 pounds to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), which is 22,000 miles higher.
Eutelsat will launch its next satellite at the end of April using an Ariane 5 rocket.
Both tech moguls and their rocket companies also hope to spark new industries around the the moon.