Air Force Funds Both AR1 and BE-4 Rocket Engine Development to Replace ULA's Russian RD-180

BE-4 methane engine components undergo  hot fire test at the Bezos west Texas test site. Photo Credit Blue Origin

BE-4 methane engine components undergo hot-fire test at the Bezos West Texas test site. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) decision to continue funding both the Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 and the Blue Origin BE-4 engines will end United Launch Alliance (ULA) dependance on the Russian RD-180 for the Atlas-V rocket and […]

Bezos' Rocket Landing a Big Step for Suborbital Spaceflight but Not Same as Falcon-9 Plans

Blue Origin flies and lands the world’s first fully reusable rocket from its launch site in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin flies and lands the world’s first fully reusable rocket from its launch site in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin made history Monday evening when the private aerospace company successfully launched and recovered their New Shepard launch vehicle from their launch site in West Texas. The vehicle reached an altitude of […]

Blue Origin to Resurrect LC-36, Will Build and Fly Rockets and Spacecraft From Cape Canaveral

Blue Origin is coming to Florida's "Space Coast", where the company intends to test, build and launch their rockets and spacecraft from beginning this decade. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin is coming to Florida’s “Space Coast,” where the company intends to test, build, and launch their rockets and spacecraft from beginning this decade. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

SpaceX will no longer be the only billionaire entrepreneur-owned commercial company contracted with NASA to fly from Cape Canaveral and call it home anymore, as […]

ULA and Blue Origin Production Agreement Expands Development of BE-4 Engine

Blue Origin’s dedicated BE-4 engine test facility in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s dedicated BE-4 engine test facility in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

A production agreement between United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin, LLC, was announced Thursday, Sept. 10, to enable the expansion of production capabilities for the BE-4 engine. The American-made engine produced by Blue Origin will power ULA’s next generation launch […]

Bezos’ Blue Origin Conducts Maiden Test Flight of ‘New Shepard’ Space Vehicle

The New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. The crew capsule reached apogee at 307,000 feet before beginning its descent back to Earth. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the aerospace company privately owned and bankrolled by billionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, […]

Amazon.com Billionaire Bezos to Build Powerful New Rocket Engine for United Launch Alliance

Billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveils new model of the Blue Origin BE-4 liquid fueled rocket engine at a media briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 2014. Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced it is partnering with the highly secretive Blue Origin aerospace […]

Historic Apollo Engines Successfully Recovered from Atlantic Ocean

Thrust chamber of one of the Apollo F-1 engines as found on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.Photo Credit: Bezos Expeditions

For fans of the Apollo missions to the Moon, and spaceflight history in general, there is some exciting news: some of the first-stage F-1 engines, which helped to launch the huge Saturn V […]

Blue Origin Successfully Tests Engine

Blue Origin’s successful test of its BE-3 high-performance liquid hydrogen engine thrust chamber at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, is making progress towards orbital launches. Earlier this month, the company successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 […]

NASA Administrator Addresses Apollo 11 Engine Discovery

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Last week, internet billionaire Jeff Bezos announced he and his team of ‘undersea pros’ had located the mammoth F-1 engines that launched Apollo 11 lying 14,000 feet below the Atlantic, and also announced plans to raise them to the surface for public display. […]

Apollo 11 Engines Located, Plans In Works To Raise Them From The Sea Floor

The launch of Apollo 11. Photo Credit: NASA

The launch of Apollo 11. Photo Credit: NASA

The F-1 engines which launched Apollo 11 towards the Moon on the most powerful vehicle ever created have not been seen since the historic mission thundered off the Earth on July 16, 1969.  The five engines were jettisoned at nearly 40 miles high once the fuel […]