Blue Origin has successfully launched a first commercial payload. It was a sub-orbital launch with the New Shepard rocket.
The New Shepard system took 8 NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into sub-orbital space. This flight was dedicated to NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, an essential program for researchers providing access to microgravity for technology development. Blue supports NASA’s Flight Opportunities program and its role in perfecting technology for a future human presence in space.
Blue Origin released new animations of their proposed New Glenn rocket which will use seven BE-4 rockets for the first stage and will have two BE-3 engines for the second stage.
The New Glenn Rocket and the BE-4 engine are getting substantial funding from the US government.
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com