Jeff Bezos Inaugurates Blue Origin Rocket Launchpad In Florida

Posted: Sep 16 2015, 9:07pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Jeff Bezos Announces Blue Origin Rocket Launchpad in Florida
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  • Blue Origin inaugurates Rocket Setup in Florida

The company, Blue Origin has inaugurated a rocket setup in Florida from which it will construct and launch the space vehicles into the empyrean heights.

The space company of Amazon, Blue Origin has cut the ribbon for its facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The function of the site is the assembly and launch of rockets. Launch Complex 36 was once used to launch rockets for NASA and the US Air Force.

The Mariner Missions were sent into space from the same spot. It’s been about 10 years since the location was functional. Now it will be called Exploration Park and everything about it will get renewed and refurbished for the better.

Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Blue Origin. He spoke of how the facility had been out of order for too long.

"Today we announced that we’ll be flying our orbital launch vehicle from Florida. Cape Canaveral has long been a gateway to humankind’s greatest adventures," said Bezos in a statment.

"As a kid, I was inspired by the giant Saturn V missions that roared to life from these shores. Now we are thrilled to be coming to the Sunshine State for a new era of exploration.

"Our new home on the Space Coast is anchored by the launch site at Complex 36. During its 43 years of service, 145 launches thundered into space from this site. The Mariner missions – the first U.S. spacecraft to visit other planets – lifted off from Complex 36.

"So did Pioneer 10, the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt; Surveyor 1, the first U.S. spacecraft to land softly on the Moon; and multiple weather, communications and national defense payloads hopped their rides to space from LC-36. The site saw its last launch in 2005 and the pad has stood silent for more than 10 years – too long. We can’t wait to fix that."

Bezos also said that he and his company were really excited about changing the status quo at LC36. He expressed his view that people will be sent on trips into space by the year 2020.

Furthermore, a spanking new orbital rocket will get assembled and the BE-4 engine will be employed in its makeup. The whole setup is going to be a boom for the economy as well. Over 330 new jobs will be created and $200 million will be invested on a local level.

At present the main rocket of Blue Origin is the New Shepard. The suborbital system can support three people who can then go into space. It has two major components: a booster rocket and a pressurized crew capsule. The booster rocket also contains the BE-3 rocket engine.

The capsule will spend a few minutes in zero gravity and then land on earth via a safety parachute. New Shepard was launched in April of this year. It was supposed that New Shepard could be re-utilized anytime, but this proved to be difficult to accomplish in real life since the booster rocket could not be brought back safely.

The present month of September is a wonderful time for space voyages and launch test flights. Even the Boeing company has managed to grab a site at Cape Canaveral, Florida for its facilities.

Space is a limitless field of discovery and exploration. The only thing stopping mankind from going where no man has gone before is fuel and resources. Once these two issues are resolved, the outer space code will be cracked in a jiffy.

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