Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Blue Origin seals partnership with Air Force | Business Announcements

Jeff Bezos and New Glenn Jeff Bezos shows off the concept for the New Glenn orbital rocket during a Florida news conference in 2015
Doris Mccormick | 13 October, 2018, 07:43

"As space becomes more contested and our adversaries develop new capabilities to thwart our advantage, we are fielding our space capabilities to ensure we remain the best in the business". "The funding provided through this agreement will be used to tailor our launch vehicle and associated facilities for national security space needs".

The Atlas 5's use of Russian-built RD-180 first stage engines has generated widespread controversy in recent years, but the new Vulcan Centaur will use two of Blue Origin's BE-4 engines in its first stage and Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 engines in the Centaur second stage. The EELV program has successfully launched 72 NSS missions, dating back to 2003, using the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. Strap-on solid-fuel boosters also can be attached to the rocket for additional liftoff power depending on payload requirements.

Meanwhile, the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will be receiving $791.6 million towards creating an all new rocket called the OmegA launch system. The rocket will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base. The company will also be providing the engines to power the first stage of ULA's Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket, central to the company's ambitions to reach the moon, will ferry defense payloads into space for the Air Force. The New Glenn is a reusable orbital vehicle created to land back on Earth after launch.

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The U.S. Air Force is putting its money in three rockets. "We are proud to serve the national security space community and are committed to providing safe, reliable access to space for the nation".

The U.S. Air Force has chosen three aerospace companies in which to invest $2 billion, including one that builds rockets in Chandler.

The army intends to select, in fine, the two companies to send their satellites into space, which will only use the american engines, so that the rocket Atlas that she uses now are equipped with engines of Russian.

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