Amazon's Bezos tweets out photos of new rocket engine

The Jeff Bezos-owned space company on March 6 that it has finished assembling the first of seven engines for the giant reusable New Glenn rocket, which is created to carry humans and cargo to the moon by 2020, and on March 7 the firm announced the rocket's first client.

"In including New Glenn in our manifest we are pursuing our longstanding strategy of innovation that drives down the cost of access to space and drives up performance", he said in a statement.

The target date for the first launch is around 2021, Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said.

The space agency, the Post noted, recently indicated that it could make a manned mission around the moon next year with backing from the Trump administration. Blue Origin's upcoming rocket should allow the company to compete with SpaceX for paying customers, a move that would allow it to sketch a path to profitability.

The Seattle-based company, which now employs about 1,000 people, also has begun renovating Launch Complex 36 and adjacent Launch Complex 11 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it will launch New Glenns and test their BE-4 main engines. The engines each produce about 550,000 pounds of thrust at full throttle, combining to generate 3.85 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. The New Shepard rocket can perform a vertical takeoff and landing, but does not go as high or as fast as the New Glenn. This second stage will be powered by just one BE-4 engine.

The recovery maneuver is familiar to industry officials and space enthusiasts, bearing similarity to the landings pioneered by rival SpaceX. Though in this animated video, the landing barge appears to be built on a ship that can house a crew. The name of the company is Blue Origin. Bezos said New Glenn would be capable of launching up to 13 metric tons (about 28,000 lbs.) into geostationary transfer orbit and 45 metric tons (about 99,000 lbs.) into low-Earth orbit. This lowers the price of launches, Bezos said according to Satellite Today.

Blue Origin unveiled details about its New Glenn rocket in September.

The teaser for the fourth-generation rocket engine BE-4 is out. ULA is paying Aerojet Rocketdyne, a traditional engine-builder, to continue developing its kerosene-fueled AR1 engine as a backup option. Staged combustion engines now flying include the Russian RD-180 on ULA's Atlas 5, which the Vulcan will replace. "The whole thing is very exciting". "It will be much lighter, and it will be much much more affordable".

Eutelsat will launch its next satellite at the end of April using an Ariane 5 rocket.

New Glenn as a heavy-lift orbital rocket is expected to be a leviathan among all rockets in two sizes - one at 270 feet, and the other at 313 feet. This good news was relayed on Jeff Bezos' Twitter account.

  • Joey Payne