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Blue Origin reveals new monster space rocket

Posted on Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 | Comment icon 9 comments
The privately-funded space firm founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos has revealed two huge new rockets.
Known as New Glenn, the new rocket design is intended to compete with SpaceX and is named after John Glenn - the first American astronaut to go in to orbit around the Earth.

The rocket will be available in two configurations - a two-stage version for reaching low-Earth orbit and a three-stage version for more ambitious missions such as sending astronauts to the Moon.

"Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step," Bezos said in a statement. "New Glenn is 23 feet in diameter and lifts off with 3.85 million pounds of thrust from seven BE-4 engines."
"Burning liquefied natural gas and liquid oxygen, these are the same BE-4 engines that will power United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan rocket."

New Glenn is slated to be ready to launch within the next ten years however it is likely to face some stiff competition from the likes of SpaceX which is also developing its own reusable rockets.

While Blur Origin's rocket is much larger than the existing SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, both are still smaller than NASA's Saturn V which sent Apollo 11 to the moon in 1969.

Which rocket will ultimately be the first to send mankind back there however remains to be seen.

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Tags: Blue Origin, New Glenn

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Parsec on 13 September, 2016, 22:07
Nice drawings and good speech, but for now it's still everything up in the air (or space in this case?).
Comment icon #2 Posted by Gecks on 15 September, 2016, 1:18
Article says these rockets are smaller the the Saturn V but considering advancements in technology I assume the new rockets are more efficient with better propulsion? Or is it a case of theres no replacement for displacement and the Saturn V was better?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 September, 2016, 8:44
Define "better". The Saturn V was larger and more powerful but that doesn't mean that modern rocket engines are not as good. Also progress in materials technology means that payloads are frequently smaller and lighter than they were in the '60's & 70's so a larger, more powerful launch vehicle is not necessarily needed. That said, when NASA's SLS flies in 2018 it will be the most powerful rocket ever launched.
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 15 September, 2016, 15:56
Working and living in space is all good, but we need a better way to get back down to Earth other than coming down in a "glider" There are only so many spots with enough open land for the landing strips.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 September, 2016, 19:48
At any given time there are a million people in the air in massive airliners and you don't think there is enough room to land an occasional spacecraft!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 15 September, 2016, 20:02
No, I'm more worried about landing the occasional glider at our airports with all the other traffic. If seems the landing strip is longer for the Shuttle than the normal jumbo jet. We have enough near misses with aircraft that is powered much less a glider that has to come down and can't circle the airport until there's room. I don't have that much faith. Murphy is alive and well and will get you eventually.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 September, 2016, 7:56
I repeat there are a million people in the air at any given time and you think there isn't the capacity for a few more landings. Can you really not seethe foolishness of your argument? Let's look at the second enormous problem with your "logic". Who exactly is landing like a glider? Soyuz, Orion, SpaceX Dragon, Boeing CST-100 and Blue Origin's New Shepard are all capsules. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser will use the existing Kennedy Space Center shuttle runway. Virgin Galactic will take off and land at the purpose built Spaceport Americain New Mexico. As well as Spaceport America there are al... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 March, 2017, 17:09
Introducing New Glenn Source: Blue Origin YouTube Channel
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 March, 2017, 20:32
Blue Origin details new rockets capabilities, signs first orbital customer

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