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Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin Puts ‘New Shepard’ Rocket Through 2nd Flight Test

Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin Puts 'New Shepard' Rocket Through 2nd Flight Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event

BlueOriginrocketBlue Orgin‘s New Shepard rocket technology has completed a launch and landing process during an unmanned flight test Monday at a private range in West Texas, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a blog entry posted after the exercise.

He said New Shepard flew at a high altitude through 119 miles per hour crosswinds before the system reignited a BE-3 engine to help the rocket slowly descend to its launch pad.

An initial developmental test flight of New Shepard in April failed to recover the rocket’s propulsion module after its hydraulic system lost pressure on descent, according to Bezos, also Amazon.com‘s founder.

Blue Origin is also working with BoeingLockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance to develop a BE-4 engine for ULA’s Vulcan rocket as part of a component reusability effort.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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