Blue Origin Partners With NASA In The Race For Space

Posted: Jun 3 2016, 8:24am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Blue Origin Partners with NASA in the Race for Space
Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle is seen here taking to the skies from the company’s West Texas launch site. Blue Origin is one of six companies that will integrate and fly technology payloads in support of NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. Credits: Blue Origin
  • Blue Origin hooks up with NASA in the Race for Space

Jeff Bezos’ space agency Blue Origin is going to hook up with NASA in the race for space.

Blue Origin is getting a helping hand from NASA in its quest to transport technology into outer space. The New Shepard Rocket will come in handy in this venture. It is basically a spacecraft that can be put to use again and again.

Also it can go on spaceflights that reach 65 miles above the earth’s surface. This link between Blue Origin and NASA is a part of the Flight Opportunities Program initiated by the latter.

NASA wants to find new channels for nascent space technologies. These will be created by the government, various companies and academic institutions.

The flight testing that will ensue will ensure that the spacecraft are spaceworthy. The search is on to find commercial vehicles that are capable of transporting technology into deep space.

Almost half a dozen other companies are making their contributions to the welfare of the program. Space tourism is the name of the game. That is why Virgin Galactic and World View Enterprises are in on the whole shebang.

Various payloads will be whisked off into outer space. Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket is meant to take people to space and bring them back safe and sound.

The space tourists may have to pay a hefty price, but they also get the out-of-this-world experience of weightlessness in conditions of zero gravity. With NASA including Blue Origin among its roster of carriers, the partnership between the two will surely prove fruitful in its final goals.

Blue Origins has its payload system where the components of the rocket are like stacked-up replicas of shipping containers. The putting of one and one together by these two space agencies in the scheme of things will ultimately benefit mankind.

Already testing and drawing board plans are being managed by Blue Origin and NASA. Jeff Bezos must be on cloud nine. His space agency has bagged quite a contract by partnering with NASA.

Space is a whole new field of endeavor. It has rules that are radically different from our protected environment on earth. Yet the lucrative possibilities that will accrue from a thorough exploration of this existentialist entity will most likely depend on the choices made by mankind in the future. The ends depend on the means, as they say.

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