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Blue Origins Harvests US Air Force $500 Million Contract to Fund New Glen Rocket R&D

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Blue origin hopes that the new Glen Rocket will be able to start in 2020

The US military is looking for new ways to guarantee the ability to continuously send national security satellites into orbit. These launch service agreements can be used as a supplement.

In short, the US Department of Defense hopes to help establish at least two launch service providers in the United States through the program and several rounds of funding. It can deliver the increasingly complex and heavier payload of the military into the required orbit.

New Glen rocket first-level launch flow chart

This is part of maintaining US space military strength, and early funders include SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

But this time, the Air Force also awarded $796 million to Northrop Grumman's OmegA launch system and $967 million to the Joint launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur launch system.

Blue Origin Test BE-4 Rocket Engine

For the blue origin, the New Glen rocket can not only bear the effective orbital load, but also send the astronauts into space.

Powered by a blue-origin BE-4 engine, the rocket burns natural gas and liquid oxygen, producing 3.85 million pounds of thrust. Coincidentally, ULA also chose the BE-4 engine last month as the first-class engine of its Vulcan rocket.

New Glenn, 315 feet (95 meters) long, is second only to the legendary Apollo Saturn V.

In addition to its large size, the New Glen Rocket also features a reusable design. Its first launch will start at Cape Canaveral, but the rocket will return and land on a 400-mile (650-kilometer) ocean.

With this inspiration, Blue Origin will also open a new launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Previously, Blue Origin had set the first flight time of the New Glen Rocket to 2020.

[Compiled from:New atlas]

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