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Jim Centore: Blue Origin to Continue BE-4 Rocket Engine Tests

Jim Centore: Blue Origin to Continue BE-4 Rocket Engine Tests - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Jim Centore: Blue Origin to Continue BE-4 Rocket Engine Tests - top government contractors - best government contracting eventJim Centore, group lead for orbital mission operations at Blue Origin, has said the company started to run tests on its BE-4 rocket engine in October 2017 at its facility in West Texas and will continue the testing phase over the next several months, SpaceNews reported Saturday.

“We“™re getting longer duration burn times. We“™re going though validating the turbomachinery very closely,“ Centore said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the 45th Space Congress in Florida.

BE-4 is designed to run on liquid oxygen and methane and is being developed by Blue Origin for its New Glenn rocket.

United Launch Alliance considers BE-4 engine and Aerojet Rocketdyne“™s liquid oxygen/kerosene-based engine AR1 for possible integration with the Vulcan rocket“™s first stage.

Gary Wentz, vice president for government and commercial programs at ULA, said the BoeingLockheed Martin joint venture is on track to launch its Vulcan rocket by mid-2020 but has not yet selected its preferred engine for the vehicle.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne in 2016 separate “other transaction“ agreements worth $161.9 million combined to build rocket engine prototypes under the service branch“™s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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