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News Archive / Tagged: Jeff Bezos

  • 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 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.

  • Bezos releases new details about Blue Origin’s Florida facility

    Bart LeahyJuly 2nd, 2016

    Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos shares a few more details about the groundbreaking of his company’s new launch vehicle manufacturing facility at Exploration Park, Kennedy Space Center, in Florida.

  • Same booster third flight: Blue Origin releases video of April 2 test

    Jason RhianApril 4th, 2016

    Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft conducted its third flight on April 2, 2016. The integrated stack reached an apogee of 339,178 feet (103 kilometers). Perhaps most notably, it marked the third time that particular booster was used to carry out a test flight – proving the reusability of the design.

  • Bezos’ Blue Origin carries out third launch / landing of New Shepard

    Jason RhianApril 2nd, 2016

    Third time was the charm, that has to be what Jeff Bezos must be thinking today. His company's New Shepard rocket carried out its third successful launch and landing on Saturday, April 2. With this latest flight, the company is one step closer toward having tourists roar to sub-orbit within the foreseeable time frame.

  • Jeff Bezos offers to send Donald Trump to space

    Joe LatrellDecember 8th, 2015

    The founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, is relatively new to the Twitter universe, but that has not stopped him from gaining a huge following after his tweets regarding GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump. It marked the second time the billionaire sparred with someone in his pay-grade.

  • Blue Origin lands New Shepard spacecraft after flight to edge of space

    Derek RichardsonNovember 24th, 2015

    Blue Origin successfully flew their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft and booster to space in an unpiloted test reaching a planned altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before landing back at the launch site.

  • Blue Origin’s ‘Very Big Brother’ heralds firm’s operations at SLC-36B

    Jason RhianSeptember 15th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos, announced today that his company has selected the Cape as the launch site of his firm’s new orbital launch vehicle. The announcement help confirmed that the Cape is now a multi-user spaceport.