October 24, 2016 7:51 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Blue Origin, LLC

Company Overview

Blue Origin, LLC designs, develops, and manufactures spaceflight systems. It develops New Shepard system, a reusable vertical takeoff and vertical landing space vehicle that include a vertical landing booster and engines. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Kent, Washington with a facility in West Texas.

21218 76th Avenue South

Kent, WA 98032-2442

United States

Founded in 2000





Key Executives for Blue Origin, LLC

President and Director
Age: 52
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Blue Origin, LLC Key Developments

Blue Origin Unveils Future Orbital Rocket, the New Glenn

Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for a rocket he says will be capable of launching people into orbit around the Earth and beyond "before the end of the decade." The New Glenn rocket is named after John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962. It is be 23 feet in diameter and range between 270 and 313 feet tall -- almost as big as the 363-foot Apollo Saturn V moon era rockets. The shorter one-stage rocket would be able to send satellites and people into lower Earth orbit and the two-stage rocket could take payloads beyond the Earth orbit. Both rockets will be reusable. New Glenn will be built at company's future manufacturing facility. The plan is to fly the rocket "before the end of this decade from historic Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket will be powered by seven BE-4 engines with 3.85 million pounds of thrust at sea level.

NASA Selects Blue Origin, LLC for Suborbital Flight Services

NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA's flight opportunities program. This is the sixth company selected for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract under the Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV) Flight and Payload Integration Services solicitation, which has a combined value not to exceed $45 million. Starting June 1, the contract with Blue Origin will compete with the other program companies for task orders to deliver payload integration and flight services. All task orders must be initiated within the contract's three-year performance period. This contract is a continuation of contracts awarded in 2014 and 2015, providing commercial capabilities using proven flight systems. The contract allows for ramping on of new vendors and the addition of new flight profiles on at least an annual basis, as determined by the government's requirements. Blue Origin will join the following firms currently under contract: Masten Space Systems Inc., Near Space Corporation, UP Aerospace Inc., Virgin Galactic, LLC, World View Enterprises Inc. Through the Flight Opportunities Program, STMD selects promising technologies from industry, academia and government, and tests them on commercial launch vehicles. The Flight Opportunities Program is funded by STMD, and managed at NASA'sArmstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions.

Blue Origin Plans for Rocket Manufacturing Plant in an Industrial Park Adjacent to Kennedy Space Center

Blue Origin, is expected to announce plans for a rocket manufacturing plant in an industrial park adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. The company also plans to lease a mothballed launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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