New Shepard of Blue Origin is the New Rocket for Space Tourism

Blue Origin is headed toward commercial operation as the rocket firm established by Jeff Bezos closes the end of testing for its big projects. The BE-4 engine of the company, the thunderous staple of the propulsion business of Blue Origin has demonstrated that it works well.  Blue Origin lately test fired the BE-4 engine for […]

One of the BE-4 modules destroyed during test fire at Blue Origin facility in Texas

Module containing high efficient turbo pumps installed in BE-4 engine was subject of failure during last test fire of this engine performed at Van Horn test facility belonging to Blue Origin – manufacturer and designer of BE-4. Blue Origin offers BE-4 as main engine for United Launch Alliance future Vulcan rocket and also is planning […]

End of OA-5 mission

Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-5 SS Alan Pointdexter finished its mission in dense layers of atmosphere on November 27. It has spent in space 40 days since reaching orbit on atop of Antares 230 on October 17. It was successful month in space for SS Alan Pointdexter. In spite of fact of delivering over 2300 kg […]

Continued BE-4 Testing Leaves Fate of Vulcan Rocket Engine Up in the Air

United Launch Alliance is in the process of considering several engines for its Vulcan rocket. Representatives from ULA have previously stated that the BE-4 engine developed by Blue Origin was their top contender, but they have not made any formal decision. This lack of an announcement has led many to speculate that the Vulcan rocket […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne still in game for Vulcan engine contract

According to Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, Aerojet Rocketdyne with their AR1 engine still has a chance to win battle for contract with its main competitor – Blue origin offering their BE-4 engine. It is truth that more often we can hear voices, that BE-4 is rather potential winner, as process of the development of […]

Made in Ukraine – proposition for replacement of RD-180 from SSAU

Is it possible that Ukrainian space industry, which recently passed through rough time and was strongly affected with economic crisis, will beat Russian competitor on American market? Millions of USD granted for research and development to American companies surely will finally resolve lack of American rocket engine with comparable parameters to RD-180. But what is […]

Jeff Bezos announced first commercial flights of New Shepard for 2018

Blue Origin started to lose its mysterious aura and for the first time invited journalists for press conference and tour in their headquarters and development facility in Kent, Washington. New facts about future plans of Blue Origin were unveiled by Jeff Bezos himself. Blue Origin is again in the forehead of the something what could […]

Atlas V back to game !

Lack of compliance between Senator (Arizona-R) John McCain and his Party resulted in conflict involving both military and ULA.  This time situation is better for ULA and Department of Defense waiting to new remote sensing satellites which should be launched on atop of Atlas V rocket. Congress decided to let ULA finalize order placed in Energomash for next twenty RD-180 […]

Next launch of Blue Origin New Shepard already on 2015

Blue Origin Company responsible for project of New Shepard launch vehicle announced about next test launch before end of 2015. Blue Origin Company is one of less known in space industry. It was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com. It is interesting convergence with SpaceX which was founded by Elon Musk also […]