NASA awards Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and 301-foot-tall New Glenn rocket contract for future missions to begin in 2025
- NASA Named Blue Origin’s New Glenn Rocket as a Potential Mission Provider
- The firm, owned by Jeff Bezos, will have the opportunity to take the contract
- This includes sending satellites into orbit or starting supplies to the ISS
- The contract starts from June 2025 and lasts until the end of 2027
- However, New Glenn is yet to launch – it is scheduled for space in 2021
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is still a year into space from its first flight, but NASA is confident it will be a success and has named the firm’s New Glenn rocket as a potential provider for scientific missions.
Blue Origin was awarded a NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract that allows its 310-foot-long reusable rocket to orbit a series of satellites and make supply runs to the ISS.
The announcement allows the US Space Agency to place an order with Blue Origin starting June 2025 through the end of 2027.
NLS II contractors have the ability to successfully deliver and deliver payloads to orbit using a home launch service capable of placing at least one, 551-pound (250 kg) payload on a bend in a 124-mile (200 km) circular orbit. Should be 28.5 degrees.
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Blue Origin was awarded the NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract, which allows its 310-foot-long reusable rocket to orbit a series of satellites and make supply runs to the ISS.
New Glenn, Blue Origin Senior Vice President, Jarrett Jones said in a statement, ‘We are proud to be included in NASA’s list of launch services and provide reliable launches for future NASA missions aboard the new Glenn for years to come. Look forward to doing. ‘
‘The award is based on Blue Origin’s existing partnership with NASA and will advance science and exploration to benefit the Earth.’
Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 and 15 years later set up a launch facility in West Texas for its rockets New Shepard and New Glenn, which is set to launch next year.
New Shepard, which has completed several flight returns, is heading Blue Origin’s space tourism service and will orbit the New Glenn satellites.
The announcement allows the US space agency to place orders with Blue Origin starting in late 2027, beginning in June 2025. Jeff Bezos (pictured)
However, New Glenn is still to be launched into space – it is scheduled for launch sometime next year.
Blue Origin also says it will use large-scale reusable rockets to provide access to the moon and is part of the firm’s broader mission to one day send one million people to live in space .
Blue’s launch vehicles face strong competition from several other aerospace companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
However, SpaceX is leading the pack with 100 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket and two crew missions to the International Space Station.
The Musk-owned company also reached another milestone with the launch of its starship rocket last week.
New Shepard, which has completed several flight returns, is heading Blue Origin’s space tourism service and will orbit the New Glen satellites
Prototype serial number 8 (SN8) flew from the firm’s Boca Chica, Texas test facility at 5:45 pm ET on December 10, successfully blazing 7.8 smiles (41,000 feet) while igniting its raptor engines and flying into the sky. Achieve its goal of reaching altitude).
When the starship finally touched down, it ignited in flames – and, once the fire and smoke had cleared, all that was left was the plane’s nose cone.
However, Musk considered the launch a success – stating that the prototype had been destroyed, yet collected a set of data that would bring SpaceX one step closer to sending humans aboard the rocket to Mars.