Amazon's Bezos tweets out photos of new rocket engine

  • Amazon's Bezos tweets out photos of new rocket engine

Amazon's Bezos tweets out photos of new rocket engine

The announcement of a first commercial partner brings Blue Origin's vision of lower-cost space flight a step closer. The founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc.is joined by billionaire tech moguls Elon Musk and Richard Branson in a space race that's gained steam under the prodding of President Donald Trump.

The BE-4 will power the New Glenn's second stage. But unlike the New Shepard, the New Glenn will have enough speed to take heavy payloads, and passengers, into orbit around Earth. The company recently revealed the heavy-duty, BE-4 engine that will be providing the lift to the rocket through a series of tweets.

If each company can safely and reliably recycle their rocket boosters - right now, most are simply dumped into the ocean as trash - outfits like Eutelsat could save tens of millions of dollars per launch. Two more will be completed shortly, he said.

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

Blue Origin's next-generation rocket on the works - New Armstrong - will be cherishing the memory of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. The rocket is to come in two variants: a two-stage version that will be 270 feet tall and carry payloads into e used to reach low-Earth orbit, and a three-stage, 313-foot-tall version that will be capable of launching satellites and astronauts into higher orbits and beyond.

And these engines may power more than just Blue Origin's rockets. The next ULA rocket, Vulcan, is expected to use the American-made BE-4 engine instead of the Russian-made RD-180. Staged combustion engines now flying include the Russian RD-180 on ULA's Atlas 5, which the Vulcan will replace.

In a statement Tuesday, Eutelsat said the contract with Blue Origin "reflects Eutelsat's longstanding strategy to source launch services from multiple agencies in order to secure access to space".

The New Glenn will be able to carry around 100,000 pounds of payload to near-Earth orbit, and 29,000 pounds to geostationary orbit, Bezos says, and is projected to put out nearly 4 million pounds of thrust. "Eutelsat has launched satellites on many new vehicles and shares both our methodical approach to engineering and our passion for driving down the cost of access to space".

While the New Glenn has yet to be made, it's expected that the New Glenn sporting the BE-4 engine will be delivering goods and people by the end of the decade.