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News Archive / Tagged: Blue Origin

  • Blue Origin inks deal to launch satellite internet constellation

    Jason RhianFebruary 2nd, 2019

    Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket has been selected by Telesat to send a fleet of satellites into orbit to help improve web services around the globe.

  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new BE-4 engine production facility

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 27th, 2019

    On Jan.25, 2019, Blue Origin broke ground on its new engine production and assembly facility in Huntsville, Alabama, about 25 miles from United Launch Alliance’s Decatur assembly facility.

  • Blue Origin’s latest flight follows others in carrying NASA payloads

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 23rd, 2019

    The tenth New Shepard Mission, NS-10, from privately-funded Blue Origin soared off the pad at 9:08 a.m. CST (10:08 a.m. EST / 15:08 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the company's launch facilities located in Culberson County, Texas. The mission included several experiments flown on behalf of NASA and was, by current reports, a success.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • Once used for Shuttle landings, iconic runway cleared for horizontal launches

    Jim SharkeyNovember 10th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the close of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, the future of the facilities that supported the program was in doubt. The mantra of Kennedy Space Center becoming a "multi-user spaceport" was drummed out at every event where the center's future was discussed. With every passing day, that mantra appears to becoming a reality.

  • Air Force contracts with Blue Origin for use of New Glenn reusable rocket

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 14th, 2018

    Commercial space company Blue Origin has landed a contract to carry out a critical aspect of Department of Defense missions.

  • ULA selects Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine for Vulcan rocket

    Curt GodwinSeptember 27th, 2018

    Aerojet Rocketdyne lost out to Blue Origin for the production of the main rocket engine for the Vulcan lunch system. How will this guide the development of the new rocket?

  • Blue Origin’s 9th New Shepard flight tests high-altitude abort mode

    Derek RichardsonJuly 18th, 2018

    For the second time in 2018, Blue Origin has launched its New Shepard rocket system. This particular uncrewed flight evaluated a high-altitude abort mode for the capsules launch escape system.

  • NewSpace gaining more real estate at Kennedy

    Collin SkocikJune 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency of the State of Florida, will be meeting in Tampa in the next week to provide some $18 million of state money to help Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) and Blue Origin, LLC, to develop new facilities at Kennedy Space Center. 

  • Barn to barn: Blue Origin capsule reaches space on 8th New Shepard test

    Bart LeahyApril 29th, 2018

    After several delays, Blue Origin launched its eighth successful New Shepard suborbital rocket with 'passenger payloads' aboard. This flight was the second for this particular booster and capsule.

  • Jeff Bezos tweets latest BE-4 engine test footage

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2018

    Blue Origin has successfully tested its BE-4 engine at its longest duration yet revealed by the secretive spaceflight company. In a video tweeted out by the company’s founder, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, it was announced that the engine, which is capable of 550,000 pounds (2,400 kilonewtons) of thrust, was tested at 65 percent of full-power for about 114 seconds.

  • 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.