Jeff Bezos : After years of secrecy, Blue Origin and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finally unveiled their New Glenn ‘mega rocket’ earlier this month. Now, Bezos has revealed the latest progress on the project with a series of wind tunnel pictures showing the ‘New Glenn’ in different configurations, taking a leaf out of Elon Musk’s book.
Named after the first US astronaut to orbit Earth, the ‘New Glenn’ launcher is larger than SpaceX’s future Heavy rocket and is set to visit the final frontier by the end of the decade.Bezos revealed the models have been in testing for three weeks, and have been a total success.’Exciting results from 3 weeks of wind tunnel testing of #NewGlenn at transonic & supersonic speeds. Validated our CFD.’
It came just hours after Elon Musk tweeted images of SpaceX’s latest rocket tests.The spacecraft come in two stages that are designed with half the power of Nasa’s Saturn V launcher, and will bring Blue Origin one-step closer to its goal of ‘millions of people living and working in space’. Called ‘New Glenn’, this launcher comes in two stages that make it larger than SpaceX’s future Heavy rocket.’New Glenn 3-stage’ is 23-feet in diameter and stands 313 feet tall.
And ‘New Glenn 2-stage’ is also 23-feet in diameter, but measures 270 feet tall.Each stage lifts off with 3.85 million pounds of thrust from seven BE-4 engines.A single vacuum-optimized BE-3 engine, burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, will power New Glenn’s third stage.However,the booster and the second stage are identical in both variants.Blue Origin plans to fly New Glenn by the end of the decade from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.