Blue Origin opens Huntsville factory for BE-7 rocket engines
by Staff Writers
Huntsville, AL (SPX) Feb 18, 2020
Blue Origin opened its rocket engine production facility in Huntsville, AL. The world-class engine manufacturing facility in The Rocket City will conduct high rate production of the BE-4 and BE-3U engines.
These engines will undergo testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on the historic Test Stand 4670. BE-7, our lunar landing engine, is also currently in test at NASA Marshall.
"At the core of every successful launch vehicle program are the engines that power those vehicles to space. Early on in Blue Origin's history, we made a crucial decision to invest in developing the next generation of reusable rocket engines, said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin.
"And now, it's an exciting time for Blue, our partners and this country - we are on the path to deliver on our promise to end the reliance on Russian made engines - and it's all happening right here, right now, in the great state of Alabama. We couldn't be prouder to call this our home for engine production," added Smith
Blue will add more than 300 jobs to the local economy with an investment of over $200 million in the facility.
Artemis I progresses toward launch
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2020
The flight hardware has been built, the launch facilities are ready, and NASA and its industry partners are checking off final milestones for the launch that will put America on the path to landing the first woman and next man on the Moon. The Artemis I mission - the culmination of work by people across the country in support of the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion and Exploration Ground System (EGS) programs - will preserve the nation's leadership in human space exploration and set the U.S. on a new jo ... read more
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