Who is Blue origin?
Blue Origin is a private launch company founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000 with a goal to enable private human access to space while lowering costs by focusing on reusablity and reliability. In 2015, Blue Origin became the first company to successfully land a suborbital rocket booster.
“The Blue Origin feather is a symbol of the perfection of flight. It represents freedom, exploration, mobility and progress. For thousands of years, we humans have been looking up at the birds and wondering what it would be like to fly. Now, we look up to the stars and pursue a bright future for all of us.”
(from Blue Origin)
Blue Origin employs an incremental approach to orbital flight with its only current operational rocket, New Shepard only making suborbital flights. Blue Origin has begun to focus on orbital flight with the development of their New Glenn heavy-lift rocket. Blue Origin is currently leasing (and renovating) KSC LC-49 (originally LC-39C) as well as CCAFS SLC-11, SLC-36A, and SLC-36B.
New Glenn is a heavy-lift partially reusable orbital rocket being developed by Blue Origin. New Glenn’s first stage will be powered by seven of Blue Origin’s methane-fueled BE-4 engines and will provide 3,850,000 pounds of thrust. The first stage is being designed to be reusable for up to 100 missions and will land vertically using the same technology being tested on New Shepard. New Glenn’s second stage will utilize two vacuum-optimized BE-3U engines and will be capable of up to 320,000 pounds of thrust. The 82-meter (270-foot) tall rocket is planned to be launched from SLC-36 in 2021.