US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Blue Origin has made significant progress in the designs, engineering systems, propulsion and infrastructure supporting their heavy New Glenn missile.
Although the company has traditionally been quite secretive with respect to most of its processes, recently it has been revealing more and more information, working on approximating the date of its first flight – not earlier than 2021. She also won the Human Landing System (HLS).
At its West Texas plant, Blue Origin conducts tests on the BE-4 first stage engine and the BE-3U top stage engine. The BE-3U is a variant of the BE-3PM engine that displays the reusable New Shepard capsule into the suborbital space. Unlike the PM variant, the BE-3U which creates higher thrust and provides multiple re-launch in flight.
On February 14, 2020, Blue Origin opened a BE-4 and BE-3U engine plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The company is also engaged in the repair of test bench 4670 at the Space Flight Center. By agreement with NASA, the company may use this previously unused test bench, which once helped test the F-1 engines for Saturn V and the main engine for the space shuttle, the RS-25. Blue Origin is expected to be able to use the BE-4 engine 25 times before a major overhaul.
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