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March 29, 2015 12:45 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Blue Origin, LLC

Company Overview

Blue Origin, LLC develops rocket-powered vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicles for access to suborbital and orbital space. The company offers early prototype shepard vehicles, biconic space vehicles, and orbital reusable booster systems. It also provides research and testing services. Blue Origin, LLC was founded in 2000 and is based in Kent, Washington. It has facilities in Kent, Washington; and West Texas.

21218 76th Avenue South

Kent, WA 98032-2442

United States

Founded in 2000

Phone:

253-437-2956

Fax:

253-437-9301

Key Executives for Blue Origin, LLC

President and Program Manager
Founder
Age: 50
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Blue Origin, LLC Key Developments

Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine

NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin announced it has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth's atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin conducted the test of its BE-3 rocket engine on a stand at the company's West Texas facility near Van Horn on Nov. 20. The engine fired for 2 1/2 minutes, then paused for several minutes before re-igniting for a minute in a pattern that simulated a suborbital mission. NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) has been working with the company on several aspects of the engine's development. The program supported testing of the BE-3 under the agency's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) initiative and continues to offer technical support. NASA and Blue Origin also are partnered in review and tests of the company's Space Vehicle design. During the test, the engine demonstrated a full mission duty cycle, mimicking the flight of the company's suborbital New Shepard vehicle by thrusting at 110,000 pounds in a 145-second boost phase, shutting down to simulate coast through apogee. The engine then restarted and throttled down to 25,000 pounds thrust to simulate controlled vertical landing. Blue Origin's Orbital Launch Vehicle will use the BE-3 engine to propel the company's Space Vehicle into orbit. Unlike other boosters that burn once and then fall away to never be used again, the Reusable Booster System is designed to send a crew into space and then make a soft landing on Earth before being refurbished for another mission. The Space Vehicle is envisioned to carry people into orbit and could potentially carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

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