Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is employing its novel premises in order to build orbital rockets.
The founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos made an announcement via email to his space agency’s many fans. This was regarding the company’s opening up fresh vistas on their site in Florida.
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The new manufacturing site is 750,000 square feet in size, according to TechCrunch. As an assembly point that integrates processing of parts and the testing of orbital rockets, it cannot be beat. Its rival SpaceX’s facility in California is nearly one million square feet in its dimensions.
Jeff Bezos has claimed that the whole rocket would be constructed from scratch in this facility except for the rocket engines. The suborbital New Shepard vehicle employs the BE-3 engine.
As for the orbital rocket, it will instead employ a BE-4 engine. This latter rocket is being made at the agency’s 260,000 square feet facility in Washington.
Blue Origin is working in tandem with the United Launch Alliance in order to make a BE-4. The engine would be ready for take-off three years from now. This engine could also be employed on ULA’s Vulcan Rocket.
Blue Origin is still on the lookout for an even larger facility to make its rocket engines. Here the production rate will be higher too. The way lies open for orbital launches.
Up until now, repeated launches and landings of the New Shepard vehicle have taken place. In June, a fourth launch of the New Shepard took place too. The suborbital launches are ideal for tourism purposes in outer space.
They also allow for research activities in conditions of zero gravity. About two years from now, people will be brought into the context of space thanks to these rockets and vehicles.
The launching of satellites is the next step. This will also require orbital rockets in their repertoire. When you compare the two, orbital launches are far more difficult than suborbital launches.
More thrust is required and the complex technology involved needs expert minds for its handling. After all, to reach outer space and come back to earth is not a walk in the park.
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It requires skills and a level of killer instinct that only the smartest individuals on the planet are capable of. This happens to be Blue Origin’s next big challenge. Let’s see how it fares in facing off against the obstacles of outer space travel.