Enlarge / Blue Origin’s concept art for a New Glenn rocket launch ascending to orbit. (credit: Blue Origin)
Over the last several months Blue Origin has begun to reveal details about plans to develop a large orbital rocket called New Glenn. The 82-meter-tall booster will have the capacity to lift 45 tons to low Earth orbit and an impressive 13 tons to geostationary transfer orbit.
The company plans for the technology to be fully reusable.
The New Glenn rocket is so big it will be too large to produce at the company’s existing facilities in Kent, Washington.
So Blue Origin intends to build the BE-4 rocket engine in Huntsville, Alabama and assemble the New Glenn booster in Florida.
The company has evidently made substantial progress on the new rocket facility in Florida, as Jeff Bezos showcased Thursday in a video posted to Instagram.
“Manufacturing facility for the heavy-lift New Glenn launch vehicle is coming along nicely,” Bezos wrote in the posting.
The short video ends with a close-up of Bezos seated in an outdoor chair on top of the factory, chilling in shades, holding a sign that says, “Rocket Factory Coming Soon.”
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