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 blue origin has built three new rockets may begin flying again this summer
blue origin has built three new rockets, may begin flying again this summer

Enlarge/ Jeff Bezos speaking at the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard system during the Space Symposium on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesShare this storyBetween November 2015, and October 2016, the reusable New Shepard rocket and spacecraft made five suborbital flights, surviving some pretty harsh scenarios. But during the last six months, Blue Origin, the semi-secretive rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, has not flown any new vehicles. So what has it been up to?This week, the company brought the rocket that made those five flights to the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado and displayed it along with a mockup of the spacecraft that will eventually begin carrying customers on 11-minute suborbital flights. Bezos said he was not ready t

russia: maybe reusing rockets isn’t a crazy capitalist idea after all

Enlarge/ Maybe reusing rockets isn't a crazy American capitalist idea after all?SpaceXShare this storyAs recently as last year, Russian rocket scientists were dubious about the potential of reusable rockets, such as those being developed by SpaceX and Blue Origin. Among the doubters was the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, which develops basic rocket strategy for Roscosmos, the Russian space agency."The economic feasibility of reusable launch systems is not obvious," an official with the research institute said in February 2016. "First and foremost it will depend on how often launches will be made. At the moment it is hard to forecast which way the market of launch services will go when reusable space rockets become available. The designers are still to demonstrate the real

blue origin releases details of its monster orbital rocket

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Here's a gallery of still images from a launch video of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket.
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Blue Origin will assemble the New Glenn rocket at a large facility the company is building at Kennedy Space Center.
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Here, New Glenn is being lifted.
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Aerodynamic strakes are shown wiggling.
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New Glenn will take flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 36.
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Smoke! Fire!
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And here's a view of the large Blue Origin assembly facility at the Cape. Oh, and a launch.
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Stage separation!
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The first stage falls back to Earth.
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A single engine burns to slow its descent.
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blue origin shows how 'new glenn' rocket will fly and land

At the Satellite 2017 event in Washington DC, Jeff Bezos also revealed that the New Glenn's launch customer with be Eutelsat, a France-based TV, corporate network and mobile communications provider. Blue Origin will launch geostationary satellite for the company sometime in the 2021-2022 timeframe, Eutelsat said in a press release.Bezos said that the company's overall goal is to reduce launch costs via reusability, much like SpaceX. New Glenn will come in two versions -- the one shown in the animation will be a two-stage vehicle that uses multiple BE-4 rockets. Blue Origin will also build a three-stage version that could launch the company's "Blue Moon" cargo lander to the moon. None of the rockets will take off until at least 2020, however.The take-off, flight and landing sequences shown

blue origin teases more images of its new shepard capsule

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Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle is a capsule with a view.
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The capsule features six seats and six large windows.
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No spacewalks outside the vehicle, please.
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There's the company's feather logo.
Blue Origin Even as Blue Origin has talked up its ambitions to build a larger New Glenn rocket this year, the company also continues to finalize work on its suborbital space tourism vehicle, New Shepard. On Wednesday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos released some illustrations of what the experience might look like from inside the capsule.The images show six leather, recumbent seats arranged around the interior of the spacecraft, and each seat features a large window view and a small personal view screen to track the flight. P

blue origin spills more beans about new glenn heavy booster

Blue Origin, funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, may have stolen SpaceX’s thunder when it landed the first rocket back to Earth, but Elon Musk’s company still has it beat in one aspect. SpaceX was able to land orbital rockets while Blue Origin still mainly has sub-orbital ones. That, however, is going to change in a little over two years. Blue Origin has revealed that it plans to have its 82-meter tall New Glenn heavy-lift booster before the end of 2019.Blue Origin announced its New Glenn orbital rocket, named after John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit our planet, around September last year. It has been rather stingy on the details back then and, even now that it has revealed a few more tidbits, it’s still being less than forthcoming.The New Glenn would measure 82 meters in height

bezos sells $1 bn in amazon stock yearly to pay for rocket firm

In this handout photo from Blue Origin, the rocket prepared for its third successful vertical landing in a test last yearBillionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos said he is selling $1 billion in stock of his retail giant Amazon each year to finance his rocket company, Blue Origin, which aims to carry tourists to space by 2018.
Speaking Wednesday at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bezos vowed to lower the cost of space travel and start taking customers to space by next year.The entrepreneur did not say how much a ticket would cost, as he showed off the New Shepard rocket and a mock-up of the large-windowed capsule that tourists will one day ride to suborbital space—just past the Karman Line some 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth—and back.Nor did he say how much of h

jeff bezos sells amazon stock to invest in blue origin

Jeff Bezos at the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard system during the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 5, 2017.  Matthew Staver—Bloomberg/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday he is selling about $1 billion worth of the internet retailer's stock annually to fund his Blue Origin rocket company, which aims to launch paying passengers on 11-minute space rides starting next year.Blue Origin had hoped to begin test flights with company pilots and engineers in 2017, but that probably will not happen until next year, Bezos told reporters at the annual U.S. Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.“My business model right now … for Blue Origin is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue

blue origin's new shepard wins prestigious aeronautics award

According to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), Blue Origin won the award "for successfully demonstrating rocket booster reusability with the New Shepard human spaceflight vehicle through five successful test flights of a single booster and engine, all of which performed powered vertical landings on Earth."The Jeff Bezos-owned private space corporation conducted five test flights using New Shepard 2 in 2015 and 2016, successfully relanding the rocket each time. NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh praises the company for "developing the first new large liquid hydrogen rocket engine in almost 20 years and demonstrating repeatable vertical takeoffs and landings makes the long sought after goal of low cost reusable rockets and access to space a reality."Blue Origin hasn't been resting on its laur

can fly on recycled spacex rockets: us air force space chief

One in four Indian children in 13-15 age group suffers from depression: WHOBusiness StandardThe idea of flying on recycled rockets became a reality a week agoReuters  April 7, 2017 Last Updated at 04:49 ISThttp://mybs.in/2UUt5Z9

blue origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket's capsule

Not surprisingly, the environment is decidely posher than the mission-focused cabins of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner. The jury's still out on comparisons to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, but it's reasonable to presume that you'd get a better view from Blue Origin's vessel.The press will get to see a mockup of the capsule in Colorado Springs between April 3rd and April 6th. Unfortunately, it'll be daunting to see the inside for yourself. Blue Origin isn't expected to start its suborbital tourist launches until 2018 at the earliest, and it's safe to say that tickets will cost more (possibly much more) than your usual airfare. Think of this more as a peek into the long-term future of private space travel than a preview of what you'll be doing next year.

take a peek inside blue origin's new shepard crew capsule

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provided a sneak peek today into the interior of the New Shepard crew capsule, the suborbital vehicle for space tourism. He released a few images which illustrate what the flight experience might be like on board.

jeff bezos pumps his personal fortune into blue origin

Bezos owns Blue Origin, which is currently developing a reusable rocket that could take passengers on commercial suborbital space flights from as early as next year. "My business model right now for Blue Origin is I sell about a billion a year of Amazon stock and I use it to fund Blue Origin," Bezos said at the Space Symposium conference in Colorado on Wednesday. "So the business model for Blue Origin is very robust."Last week, the spaceflight company released the first interior photos of its New Shepard capsule, revealing a spacious cabin with enormous windows. As passengers will be asked to hand over as much as $300,000 for a ticket to space, Bezos and co. believe comfortable recliners -- at least in comparison to SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule -- and expansive views will make the cost wor

in a change of attitude, nasa appears to embrace private rockets

Enlarge/ William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, speaks in 2013.NASAShare this storyOn Wednesday, NASA's chief of human spaceflight, William Gerstenmaier, flashed an interesting slide during a presentation that showed 23 different rockets, from the small Orbital ATK Antares and Russian Soyuz boosters all the way to SpaceX's massive Interplanetary Transport System. Some of the boosters, such as the Soyuz, have flown often. Many, like the massive SpaceX ITS vehicle, remain PowerPoint rockets.What was notable, however, was not the chart but what Gerstenmaier said. "My point of this chart is this is a great way to be," he told his audience at the Goddard Memorial Symposium in Maryland. "And I'm not picking any one of these, I love every one of these

jeff bezos is planning a delivery service for the moon

WP says the company has been circulating a seven-page white paper to NASA officials and Trump's transition team containing the project's details. Apparently, Blue Moon will be able to carry up to 10,000 pounds of cargo to space and can be launched on top of the Space Launch System, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V or Blue Origin's own New Glenn rocket.The company could put its experience landing its New Shepard rockets vertically to good use by using the same technology to land the spacecraft on the lunar surface. In fact, the white paper WP saw showed a vehicle that looks like a modified New Shepard. Blue Origin chose the Shackleton crater on the moon's south pole as its landing site, since that region has continuous sunlight that its spacecraft's solar panels can harness. Shackleton is a

blue origin's latest rocket engine is finally complete

This engine, along with six more just like it, will form the primary powerplant for the company's upcoming New Glenn 2- and 3-stage rocket. The New Glenn, like its predecessor the New Shephard, will be a reusable space vehicle with a first stage capable of returning to the launch site and landing itself upright after each flight. The BE-4 engines will make up its first and second stage boosters, while the third stage will use an older BE-3 engine. And unlike the smaller New Shepard, the Glenn will have enough power (using either configuration) to put heavy cargo payloads and astronauts into orbit around the Earth.The New Glenn itself is still years away from its maiden voyage. In fact, the factory where it will be built is itself still under construction in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While t

blue origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen

Enlarge/ A Blue Origin BE-4 engine at the company's Kent, Wash.-based factory is readied for transport to a test stand for full-scale testing.Jeff Bezos/TwitterShare this storyIn 2014, the rocket company United Launch Alliance (ULA) entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to jointly fund development of the latter company's BE-4 rocket engine. While ULA didn't commit to using the Blue Origin engine in its next-generation booster, its "significant" investment signaled it was enthused about the innovative rocket engine. However some members of Congress have been pushing ULA to use a different engine, the AR1, being developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne.At the end of February, two US representatives, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Mac Thornberry of Texas, decided to push a little harder. On Feb. 28,

blue origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen

Enlarge/ A Blue Origin BE-4 engine at the company's Kent, Washington-based factory is readied for transport to a test stand for full-scale testing.Jeff Bezos/TwitterShare this storyIn 2014, the rocket company United Launch Alliance (ULA) entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to jointly fund development of the latter company's BE-4 rocket engine. While ULA didn't commit to using the Blue Origin engine in its next-generation booster, its "significant" investment signaled it was enthused about the innovative rocket engine. However some members of Congress have been pushing ULA to use a different engine, the AR1, being developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne.At the end of February, two US representatives, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Mac Thornberry of Texas, decided to push a little harder. On Febr

here’s why the imminent test of jeff bezos’ be-4 rocket engine is a huge deal

Enlarge/ Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has an important engine test coming up soon.Win McNamee/Getty ImagesShare this storyKey Blue Origin officials have begun to drop hints about the imminent hot-fire test of the company's new rocket engine, the BE-4. Jeff Bezos recently said to expect a full-scale engine test "in the coming weeks." And last Wednesday the company's director of business development, Brett Alexander, said during a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel discussion the test "was coming soon."For many people, a rocket engine is just a rocket engine. But Blue Origin's new engine is a big deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its 550,000 pounds of thrust at sea level, more powerful than a space shuttle main engine, which had 418,000 pounds of thr

learn the summer style from aditi rao hydari

Summer is here, and our outfit needs to match the season for reasons more than one. This time, it’s Aditi Rao teaching us how to prep for the summers, in a casual outfit looking chic. A simple top with denim could be the trend by just pairing it with a simple overcoat, and here’s the proof. Add on a gorgeous small accessory to keep the look consuming. A watch is your choice, but remember a silver toned watch never goes wrong.Shop this collection from jabong.com Light Blue Solid Blouse Boucl Long Coat Navy Blue Solid Skinny Fit Jeans Blue Silver Alloy Pendant Mini Darci Mk3364i Silver Analog WatchAuthor: Bhavya Rebala

canada's first spaceport could host launches in 2020

The spaceport is a commercial venture between MLS and a Ukrainian firm -- there's no government funding involved at all. MLS wants the first launch to happen as soon as 2020, and it wants to the spaceport to host as many as eight launches per year by 2022. Most of those missions will involve Ukrainian-built Cyclone 4M rockets, and it's unclear if Canada's space agency and other private space companies can use it. If the agency can, then it'll no longer have to ship rockets to Virginia. For now, the company is working on getting federal and provincial approval so it can break ground and start with the spaceport's construction.

blue origin wants to prep a delivery service for humans on the moon

NASA is looking into returning to the moon, and companies are scrambling to get in on that action. One such company is Blue Origin, which anticipates setting up a delivery service of sorts near the moon’s south pole. Such a service would utilize solar power and function as a lunar cargo delivery service, taking supplies to the moon where they could then be utilized by future humans landing on and living on the moon.The information comes from The Washington Post, which says it obtained a copy of a confidential document from Blue Origin. The private space company has been circulating this document — described as a 7-page white paper — to relevant government agencies and entities in hopes of being tapped to provide such lunar cargo deliveries.This delivery service of sort wouldn’t involve sen

yup, rockets need insurance, too. but way more than the feds think

A launch cataclysm could end up costing the federal rocket insurance program way more than it currently estimates. The post Yup, Rockets Need Insurance, Too. But Way More Than the Feds Think appeared first on WIRED.

presstv-nba: rockets top grizzlies 123-108

In the NBA, the Houston Rockets have posted a 123-108 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center.The Rockets started the match as the better side on Saturday and went ahead by three points by the end of the first quarter.Houston then carried their momentum into the second frame and won it 28-27 at halftime. In the third, James Harden drained a three-pointer and drove in for a dunk to extend the hosts advantage midway through the quarter.And from then on, Houston continued their fine play to cruise to a 123-108 victory over Memphis. James Harden scored 33 points and Clint Capela had 24 in the contest.

jeff bezos investit un milliard de dollars par an pour envoyer des touristes dan

Suivre @JeromeMarinSFJeff Bezos n’aurait laissé cet honneur à personne d’autre. Mercredi 5 avril, le patron et fondateur d’Amazon a dévoilé le premier prototype de la capsule qui devrait transporter, dès l’année prochaine, des touristes dans l’espace. Celui-ci a été conçu par Blue Origin, la start-up spatiale qu’il a lancée en 2000. Et qu’il finance depuis avec sa fortune personnelle. Son objectif, a-t-il rappelé en marge du Space Symposium de Colorado Springs, c’est de permettre à « des millions de personnes d’habiter et de travailler dans l’espace ».100 KILOMÈTRESLa capsule de Blue Origin peut transporter jusqu’à six passagers. Tout confort, elle est équipée de sièges en cuir inclinables, d’écrans tactiles et de gigantesques hublots. Le vol suborbital durera une dizaine de minutes, dont

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