September 12, 2016

"Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled the name and look of the company’s future rocket, which will be capable of launching payloads — and people — into orbit around Earth. "

the verge: The rocket is named the New Glenn, after John Glenn — the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth. by Loren Grush

'And if the animations of the New Glenn are to be believed, the rocket is going to be a behemoth, bigger than both SpaceX’s future Falcon Heavy rocket and the United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. And of course, the rocket will sport Blue Origin's signature feather insignia.

'Also continuing with the recent industry trend, the New Glenn will incorporate reusability, according to an email update from Bezos. The first stage of the rocket will be able to land post-launch, similar to how Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle lands after a flight. However, the New Shepard is only capable of going to sub-orbital space, so it’s not traveling as fast or as high as a rocket going to orbit. Landing an orbital rocket post-launch will put Blue Origin in a whole new ball game.

'And it looks like there will be a lot of rocket to land. The New Glenn will be 23 feet in diameter and range between 270 and 313 feet high. That height depends on if there is one upper stage or two on top of the rocket. With just one upper stage, the rocket will be able to send satellites and people into lower Earth orbit (LEO). But with two upper stages, the New Glenn is capable of taking payloads beyond LEO.'

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