A “pathfinder” model of the New Glenn rocket in the firm’s manufacturing facility.
Jeff Bezos’ area enterprise Blue Origin delayed the first launch of its New Glenn rocket by a yr, citing the loss of key Pentagon launch contracts to rivals SpaceX and ULA as the catalyst for the shift in schedule.
Blue Origin is focusing on the fourth quarter of 2022 for New Glenn’s inaugural launch, having beforehand set late-2021 as the date. The firm stated the “updated maiden flight target follows the recent Space Force decision to not select New Glenn” for the newest spherical of nationwide safety launch contracts.
The Department of Defense in August awarded SpaceX and United Launch Alliance, the latter being the three way partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, with billions price of contracts for launches over 5 years. The Pentagon chosen SpaceX and ULA over bids from Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman.
“We hope to launch NSSL payloads in the future, and remain committed to serving the U.S. national defense mission,” Blue Origin stated in a information launch Thursday.
An artist’s illustration of a New Glenn rocket standing on the launchpad in Florida.
New Glenn is the next-generation rocket that Blue Origin has been creating, with a rocket booster that’s designed to land and be reused in the same approach to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Blue Origin expects every New Glenn rocket will likely be succesful of launching and touchdown 25 instances.
The rocket could be bigger than every other automobile flying presently, and the firm says it has invested $2.5 billion in New Glenn’s improvement. New Glenn stands about 320 toes tall and is designed to elevate about 45,000 kilograms of payload to low Earth Orbit.
An aerial view of the firm’s manufacturing and testing facility in Florida.
Blue Origin has constructed a mockup of the booster stage of New Glenn to run checks forward of the first launch from Florida.
The firm has invested closely in manufacturing and testing services at Cape Canaveral, with about 1 million sq. toes of actual property. The firm famous that, of the $2.5 billion invested in New Glenn, about $1 billion was spent to rebuild the LC-36 launchpad.
Blue Origin’s work at LC-36 consists of constructing a tower that may help launching folks on New Glenn, which the firm hopes to do later.
Bezos personally funds Blue Origin’s improvement by promoting half of his Amazon inventory. While he has stated that he sells about $1 billion of Amazon shares yearly to fund the area firm, Bezos has not too long ago elevated his gross sales of Amazon inventory, cashing out greater than $10 billion price in 2020.
Half of a rocket nosecone, also called a fairing half, for New Glenn.
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