A little over a year ago, I was at an event where there was a panel of people from various space startups and space investment funds. They asked the panel if they believed more in SpaceX or Blue Origin. Remarkably, two of the panelists actually said they had greater belief in Blue Origin. I feel that statement was insane. The way to measure rocket companies is how many times they successfully launch and launching sub-orbital is a hundred tiem
Blue Origin was founded in 2000 and SpaceX was founded in 2002. SpaceX should have its 100th orbital launch this month.
The Rocket Lab Electron rocket is more successful in my opinion than Blue Origin. Electron has flow to orbit three times in 2020. Rocket Labs is working on recovering and reusing their first stage booster.
Blue Origin has been working on the BE-4 engine. A BE-4 engine was delivered to United Launch Alliance for testing. ULA would use the BE-4 for its Atlas V and Vulcan rockets. Seven BE-4 engines would be on the booster stage of the Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket. 2021, is supposed to be a big year for Blue Origin and the BE-4. Supposedly there will be tests flights with ULA and a New Glenn flight. We will see if those happen on schedule.
SpaceX is planning two Starlink missions in the next week:
– 14th Starlink (Starlink V1.0 L13) 10/18 @ ~8:25 a.m. Eastern (~12:25 UTC) from LC-39A
– 15th Starlink (Starlink V1.0 L14) 10/21 @ ~12:36 p.m. Eastern (~16:36 UTC) from SLC-40https://t.co/aNOCZNoSdp
— Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) October 15, 2020
The SpaceX competition is China with 26 successful orbital launches in 2020 versus about 16 for SpaceX. Europe has four launches (Ariane and Vega rockets). Russia has had 11 launches.
SOURCES- Wikipedia, Blue Origin, SpaceX
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com