Bezos' Blue Origin Rocket Info Revealed By TestingDespite being founded in 2000, we still know next to nothing about the craft that Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is striving to build. Most of the details we have gleaned were gained from the failure of one of their crafts, which they were forced to talk about. But now we’ve learned a little more about the elusive space startup’s craft, and it is all thanks to wind tunnel testing.
NASA Deputy Administrator Tours Blue Origin
Jeff Bezos is a famous billionaire. You might know him as the founder of Amazon, by far the web’s largest retailer of, well, everything. He has taken his company from a lowly online book retailer to a true international giant. And he has turned much of his considerable talent towards making a reusable space launch vehicle.
Here’s what we know: the craft is designed to loft 7 people into low earth orbit. It has a biconic shape, which means that it looks like a cone stuck on top of a cylinder. The company hasn’t yet given it a name, instead referring to it simply as the “space vehicle.” And the craft has gone through over 180 wind tunnel tests, in addition to computer fluid dynamics research.
Blue Origin is quite proud of their craft’s design. Said president Rob Meyerson in a statement:
"Our Space Vehicle's innovative biconic shape provides greater cross-range and interior volume than traditional capsules without the weight penalty of winged spacecraft. This is just one of the vehicle's many features that enhance the safety and affordability of human spaceflight, a goal we share with NASA."Blue Origin is about to start the next round of tests, which this time will focus on the BE-3 engines that power the vessel. The BE-3’s are capable of producing 10,000 pounds of thrust from liquid oxygen and hydrogen fuel.
Blue Origin is just one of many companies working to push us forward into space. There is also SpaceX, who has made lots of news with the testing of its Dragon space capsule (For which the test has been pushed back yet again, by the way) and Orbital Sciences and their Dream Catcher craft. Once we get to space, there is Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable space stations and Planetary Science’s asteroid mining.
We’re living on the brink of a new era in human history.