The first phase of the reusable New Glenn, described as the world’s largest rocket, was displayed at the factory. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, is running the New Glenn project.
The new rocket will deliver objects up to 45 tons into a low-earth and transfer orbit. The rocket’s launch vehicle is scheduled to be equipped with 7 BE-4 engines powered by a methane-hydrogen mixture developed by Blue Origin’s subsidiaries.
The Launch of the New Glenn rocket was intended to take place by the end of this year, but that date will be pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the company.
Bezos said they have invested more than $2.5 billion in the new rocket. Within the scope of the project, New Glenn’s first phase model, structural testing facility, stage module and composite bodywork were built.
The company will also be able to participate in annual tenders held by the National Aviation Administration to provide rocket launch services under an agreement it has signed with NASA. Under the contract, Blue Origin was recognized as a potential service provider for the implementation of NASA’s space missions.