Blue Origin

Blue Origin

Blue Origin is an American, privately-funded, aerospace developer and manufacturer that is interested in lowering the cost of spaceflight in order to explore the solar system

Blue Origin is an American, privately-funded, aerospace developer and manufacturer that is interested in lowering the cost of spaceflight in order to explore the solar system. The company was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos in Kent, Washington, United States.

The company has began development and design in aerospace capabilities that are designed to provide launch, landing, stop, and restart capabilities. Blue Origin has built and tested multiple generations of suborbital and orbital spaceflight. The vision of Blue Origin is to have millions of people living and working in space, and to implement the use of reusable launch vehicles to make the normal.

New Shepard

The New Shepard is a reusable suborbital rocket system, named after the first American astronaut to go to space, Alan Shepard. The system is designed to take astronauts and research payloads beyond the boundary of space within eleven minutes. The reusable rocket has a capsule that can hold six people. The system launches up to the Karman Line where the capsule holding passengers separates into free flight, as the engine booster descends for landing. Parachutes are deployed when the capsule is landing in the West Texas desert.

New Glenn

The New Glenn is a reusable orbital launch vehicle that is designed to carry people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. The vehicle is named after astronaut John Glenn. It is designed to perform a minimum of 25 space flights, and can be utilized for civil, commercial, and national security purposes. The vehicle is designed to launch in 95% of weather conditions, and will launch from Cape Canaveral. Blue Origin expects to be operational with the New Glenn by 2021.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon is a lunar lander designed to deliver a variety of small, medium, and large payloads to the lunar surface, in order to enable a sustained human presence on the moon. The vehicle borrows technology from the New Shepard, and is capable of precision guidance, vertical landing, and operating with landing gear systems. The lander can land multiple metric tons of payload on the moon, as well as provide kilowatts of power to payloads. Blue Origin looks to return Americans to the moon in 2024.

Timeline

May 9, 2019

Blue Origin announced plans to send humans to the moon in lunar lander by 2024.

The lunar lander is called Blue Moon. The goal would be to access resources on the moon.

August 2018

Blue Origin raises a $13,000,000 grant from NASA.

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Blue Origin announces $13M in Grant Funding from NASA

13,000,000
August 2018
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Erika Wagner

Payload Sales Director

Jeff Bezos

Founder

Patrick Zeitouni

Advanced Development Programs

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Blue Origin

Bob Smith

Kent, Washington, United States

Spaceflight , Aerospace

News

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The Economist
June 6, 2020
The Economist
The most eagerly anticipated space mission for a decade or more
CNN
May 2, 2020
CTVNews
Vacant office buildings, factories and restaurants across the country serve as ghostly reminders of an economy shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the U.S. space industry has remained open for business.
Eric Berger
May 1, 2020
Ars Technica
"We have frozen the program until better times."
Stuart Clark
April 30, 2020
the Guardian
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Kenneth Chang
April 30, 2020
www.nytimes.com
It seems unlikely the space agency will meet President Trump's goal of a return to the lunar surface by the end of 2024.
Darrell Etherington
April 30, 2020
TechCrunch
Blue Origin was among the companies selected by NASA to develop and build a human lander system for its Artemis missions, which include delivering the next man and first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Jeff Bezos -founded space company chose to deliver a bid that included a space industry "dream [...]
Darrell Etherington
April 30, 2020
TechCrunch
NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle which will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and [...]
Leonard David
April 7, 2020
Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
Loren Grush
April 6, 2020
The Verge
Three Blue Origin employees have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington. The cases were just announced over the weekend, days after Blue Origin management pressured employees to conduct an upcoming test launch of the company's New Shepard rocket during a meeting.
Eric Berger
April 3, 2020
Ars Technica
"We intend to the maximum extent possible to stay on track."
Loren Grush
April 2, 2020
The Verge
Employees at Jeff Bezos' aerospace firm Blue Origin are outraged that senior leadership is pressuring workers to travel to rural West Texas to conduct a test launch of the company's New Shepard rocket, which is designed to take wealthy tourists into space. Many employees fear that traveling might expose them to the coronavirus and inadvertently introduce COVID-19 to the residents of the rural town where there is very little infrastructure to handle an outbreak.
By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
March 30, 2020
Mail Online
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, will continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.
Loren Grush
March 11, 2020
The Verge
In a new video, aerospace company Blue Origin reveals its finished mission control center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where engineers will monitor upcoming launches of the company's future New Glenn rocket. The rocket is expected to fly sometime in 2021.
Loren Grush
March 4, 2020
The Verge
Jeff Bezos' aerospace company Blue Origin has completed the first payload of its future orbital rocket, the New Glenn. The cavernous nose cone has a diameter of 7 meters, or 22 feet, and it's so giant that it can completely house Blue Origin's smaller New Shepard rocket.
Darrell Etherington
February 17, 2020
TechCrunch
Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news - kicked off by the Trump administration's FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in [...]
Darrell Etherington
February 14, 2020
TechCrunch
Blue Origin is opening its new rocket engine production center in Huntsville, Alabama on Monday, the company said today on Twitter. The new Huntsville facility will be able to produce its rocket engines at a much higher rate than is currently possible, which will be useful as the company is using its in-development BE-4 engine [...]
Kenneth Chang
January 19, 2020
www.nytimes.com
A NASA program could be ready to launch astronauts to orbit once again, and the number of people traveling to space could surge.
Stephanie Mlot
December 17, 2019
Geek.com
You'll probably never make it to outer space. But an item of your choosing can. For a price. Jeff Bezos's aerospace company Blue Origin partnered with Charitybuzz to offer one lucky (and deep-pocketed) ...
Darrell Etherington
December 15, 2019
TechCrunch
Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it - the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch's space newsletter. Despite approaching the end of the year, it's been a really busy week in the space industry, [...]
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