With what began as just an interesting idea, Bezos, a self-proclaimed "space geek", has already established tons of credibility for Blue Origin, which offers a family of reusable rockets powerful enough to penetrate deep into the solar system for suborbital voyages. They didn't specify a location for the launch, but a video released by Blue Origin shows a rocket taking off with a sketch of the company's rocket plant near Titusville in the foreground.
While the New Glenn isn't predicted to launch until 2020, it will be used to deliver some of Blue Origin's first payloads to orbit, powered by seven BE-4 rockets.
One of the most experienced satellite operators out there, Eutelsat, had nothing but praise for Blue Origin in a statement. Blue Origin is developing the engine to end USA use on the Russian-made RD-180 engines. Blue Origin is developing the BE-4 rocket engine with re-usability in mind, hoping to fire the engine up to 100 times. "Their solid engineering approach. corresponds to what we expect from our industrial partners".
Although it is now the only space company to show off its' newest heavy-lift booster technology, it is known that both SpaceX and NASA are also working on their own respective designs.
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There is something inherently exciting about watching a rocket takeoff and land. We're told the sat will be put into orbit in 2021 or 2022 - basically, once Bezos has finished building the rocket to do the job. Bezos described the success of Amazon as a "lottery winning" - and says that he's now investing those winnings into Blue Origin.
The rocket's reusable first-stage booster features strakes at its base and movable fins higher up to control its flight down from space to landings on a ship in the ocean, even through strong winds.
Notably, the cost of Blue Origin and how it can be funded is one of several key differences with SpaceX. The New Glenn launcher will be compatible with virtually all Eutelsat satellites.
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. Eutelsat said the New Glenn rocket will be compatible with virtually all its satellites, allowing it some flexibility in determining which satellite it would launch with Blue Origin. Seeing how ULA has been the primary launch provider for the military over the past decade, the company had to make moves to get rid of the RD-180. "We'll reach a new equilibrium in this industry". As a result, ULA made a decision to build a completely new rocket that would use a new type of engine developed by Blue Origin. If Blue Origin can bring in some competition to the orbital delivery market then Eutelsat can reap the benefits.