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Blue Origin Planning to Launch People and Cargo from West Texas and Florida

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posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 04:18 PM
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NewSpace is heating up.

If the 1960s Space Race was between superpowers, the current space race is between private corporations and the 2020s will be the era of the private spaceship.



Everyone is familiar with Space-X and Virgin Galactic.

Enter another: Kent, Washington based Blue Origin founded by Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos.



Today they announced that while they still plan to launch suborbital space tourism joy rides from West Texas, their orbital spacecraft which will deliver cargo and personnel to orbit will launch from a familiar place: Cape Canaveral:

Excerpt from Space.com




Blue Origin is one of several private companies — like SpaceX, Boeing, Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace — in the race to offer commercial trips to space for passengers. Last week, Boeing opened a facility for its new Starliner space capsule, formerly known as the CST-100. NASA plans to use the Starliner capsule and SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle to launch U.S. astronauts starting in 2017.

The Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin is currently developing a vehicle called New Shepard that is designed to take passengers on short suborbital trips so they can experience the thrill of weightlessness and see the blackness of space without the filter of Earth's atmosphere. The company will launch only the new orbital vehicle from the Florida facility; New Shepard will continue to launch from the company's facility in West Texas.

Blue Origin launched a successful test flight of New Shepard last April. That spacecraft, like the new orbital launch vehicle, will feature a reusable rocket booster capable of vertical landings — a technology that space industry leaders have said can dramatically reduce the cost of commercial spaceflight. During the April test, the passenger segment of New Shepard successfully separated from its rocket booster, but the rocket itself was not recovered.

To power its new orbital launch vehicle, Blue Origin is developing a more powerful rocket engine known as the BE-4, which is a joint venture with launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA). The BE-4 is slated to be ULA's engine of choice for its own new rocket, the Vulcan, which will have a reusable component. Blue Origin and ULA announced a production agreement for the BE-4 engine last week.

"You will hear us before you see us," Bezos said today. "Our American-made BE-4 engine — the power behind our orbital launch vehicle — will be acceptance-tested here. Our BE-4 engine will also help make history as it powers the first flight of United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket."

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posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 05:14 PM
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Looking forward to it! The more the merrier! Anything to get Americans back in space from American soil.



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 05:32 PM
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originally posted by: ngchunter
Looking forward to it! The more the merrier! Anything to get Americans back in space from American soil.


If you think about it, it's remarkable.....

Space-X Crew Dragon capsule
Boeing Starliner capsule
NASA Orion capsule
Blue Origin Biconic capsule
Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser space plane

We will go from not having any launches of astronauts into orbit from the US for the better part of a decade to having 5 or 6 different spacecraft (4-5 private, 1 NASA) doing so in the 2020s.

If you throw in the suborbital flights of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and XCOR Aerospace's Lynx space plane there could be 7 or 8 different American made vehicles taking people into space.
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posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 05:39 PM
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the germans are developing one (TSTO space plane) too and the UK is as well (SSTO space plane.)



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 05:48 PM
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originally posted by: stormbringer1701
the germans are developing one (TSTO space plane) too and the UK is as well (SSTO space plane.)


The Germans are always developing one. Didn't they develop one called Hermes?

And Skylon has been in development for like longer than I've been alive right?

I hope the British and the Germans actually do build and fly something but I don't see the same commitment to space in those countries which is why a lot of their people end up over here.



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 06:14 PM
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originally posted by: JadeStar

originally posted by: stormbringer1701
the germans are developing one (TSTO space plane) too and the UK is as well (SSTO space plane.)


The Germans are always developing one. Didn't they develop one called Hermes?

And Skylon has been in development for like longer than I've been alive right?

I hope the British and the Germans actually do build and fly something but I don't see the same commitment to space in those countries which is why a lot of their people end up over here.
this is true. the skylon is the second or third incarnation of the Hotol idea but REL has made real progress and they are beginning to get the right personnel financing and infrastructure to finally do it and they have an agreement with their govt and with the USAF. and the Germans? who knows? but this one is less ambitious than hermes was.



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 06:16 PM
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germany's space plane reboot:

arstechnica.com...



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 06:43 PM
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It's gonna get busy out there! Very cool times to be alive! I cant wait. Mr. Amazon, from drones to space.. Thanks for this.



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 07:05 PM
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darpa plane:

nextbigfuture.com...



posted on Sep, 15 2015 @ 07:07 PM
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BTW: What the heck is with Blue Origin and secrecy? they won't even show a cabin layout? at this stage in the game?



posted on Sep, 16 2015 @ 10:11 AM
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originally posted by: stormbringer1701
BTW: What the heck is with Blue Origin and secrecy? they won't even show a cabin layout? at this stage in the game?


They've always been quite circumspect. Not sure why though.



posted on Sep, 16 2015 @ 03:34 PM
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Moar Space planes!

nextbigfuture.com...

well these aren't space planes per se but could be adapted as launch vehicles or further adapted to use additional engines to get to low orbit. They would certainly add to the knowledge base for Space launch capabilities.
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