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News Archive / Tagged: Blue Origin

  • Blue Origin returns to flight with New Shepard launch

    Lloyd CampbellDecember 12th, 2017

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ up-and-coming space launch company Blue Origin sent the latest version of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital rocket today (December 12). Liftoff occurred around midday EST from the firm's launch facility outside of Van Horn, Texas.

  • Blue Origin set to launch next New Shepard

    Derek RichardsonDecember 10th, 2017

    Blue Origin is getting ready to fly a New Shepard suborbital rocket sometime between Dec. 11–14. On Dec. 9, 2017, the company issued a notice to airmen, also called a NOTAM, for the area around its rocket site near Van Horn, Texas.

  • 2017 Oshkosh air show puts ‘space’ in Aerospace

    Jason RhianAugust 6th, 2017

    OSHKOSH, Wis. — When one thinks of air shows, images of sleek fighter planes, aerial acrobats spinning plumes of smoke, and old warbirds majestically flying past spectators spring to mind. However, with ever-increasing regularity, spacecraft and astronauts are becoming key participants in these shows. The recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 air show was no exception.

  • Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine test hardware suffers failure

    Derek RichardsonMay 16th, 2017

    In a tweet on Sunday, May 14, 2017, NewSpace company Blue Origin announced it had lost a set of powerpack test hardware for its BE-4 engine in development. No details were released as to what happened or why.

  • Blue Origin looking to make a ‘Blue Moon’

    Bart LeahyApril 12th, 2017

    In the last year, Blue Origin pushed its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in more complex tests, unveiled a reusable orbital rocket, and broke ground on a new factory in Florida. Now the company is looking one step further, revealing a design for a lunar lander at the 33rd Space Symposium.

  • Jeff Bezos teases New Shepard capsule interior

    Bart LeahyMarch 29th, 2017

    In a March 29, 2017, email, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos revealed additional progress on the company’s New Shepard suborbital space tourism capsule. Instead of focusing on spaceflight technologies, the latest images coming out of the company show tantalizing photos of the ship’s interior.

  • OneWeb becomes second customer for Blue Origin’s New Glenn booster

    Jose FloresMarch 8th, 2017

    On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that OneWeb, an organization committed to making the Internet available and affordable to everyone by 2027, has reached an initial agreement for five launches on Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket.

  • Blue Origin to launch Eutelsat satellite on New Glenn rocket

    Jim SharkeyMarch 8th, 2017

    French-based satellite provider Eutelsat Communications announced on March 7, 2017, at the Satellite 2017 Convention in Washington, D.C., that it had signed a contract with Blue Origin for a launch on the New Glenn rocket, which is expected to begin flights in 2020.

  • Blue Origin’s rocket factory begins to take shape in Florida

    Bart LeahyDecember 7th, 2016

    In a recent e-mail, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos shared pictures of the company’s 750,000-square-foot (69,677-square-meter) facility, which is being built at Exploration Park on Kennedy Space Center property.

  • Blue Origin conducts in-flight abort test; booster lands successfully

    Curt GodwinOctober 5th, 2016

    Poor weather conditions may have delayed the test for 24 hours, but that didn't stop Blue Origin from putting on a heck of a show while testing the New Shepard's launch abort system. At 11:36 a.m. EDT (15:36 GMT) on Oct. 5, after a nearly 40-minute hold, the rocket and capsule zipped off the pad for a final flight.

  • Blue Origin sets date to test in-flight abort system

    Curt GodwinOctober 1st, 2016

    With several other NewSpace firms encountering technical or financial difficulties, Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin is pushing forward with the latest test of its New Shepard system.

  • Blue Origin reveals New Glenn launch vehicle plans

    Bart LeahySeptember 12th, 2016

    In a recent e-mail, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveiled more details about the company’s family of future orbital launch vehicles, named New Glenn. The new vehicles include two-stage and three-stage versions with a first stage producing 3.85 million pounds (17.1 million newtons) of thrust. The orbital vehicles are named for the first American astronaut to reach orbit – John Glenn.

  • Blue Origin lays foundation for factory in Florida

    Bart LeahySeptember 12th, 2016

    While preparing for the first test of its in-flight abort system, Space Coast Daily reports that Blue Origin is also busy pouring the foundation for their new rocket factory at Exploration Park near Kennedy Space Center.

  • Blue Origin prepares for October test of in-flight abort system

    Curt GodwinSeptember 10th, 2016

    As the New Shepard vehicle accelerates through max Q, a flight computer detects an anomaly and triggers an in-flight abort. The crew module shoots away from the stricken booster to safely return its occupants to Earth. Though notional in description, this is what Blue Origin plans to verify in an early October 2016 test flight of its reusable launch system.

  • One-out parachute test doesn’t crush Blue Origin’s hopes

    Curt GodwinJuly 22nd, 2016

    Landing with a failed parachute is not a condition a company would normally want their spacecraft to encounter, but that was exactly the scenario Blue Origin planned for the fourth test flight of their New Shepard vehicle last month. After a month of analysis, Blue Origin's founder, Jeff Bezos, gave the word in an e-mail update that the test was a success.