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Blue Origin practices with a dummy version of its New Glenn orbital rocket in Florida

9 Nov 2021, 01:30 UTC
Blue Origin practices with a dummy version of its New Glenn orbital rocket in Florida
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Blue Origin’s New Glenn first-stage simulator makes an appearance. (Blue Origin Photo)
It’ll be at least another year before Blue Origin’s orbital-class New Glenn rocket gets its first launch, but Jeff Bezos’ space venture has brought out a dummy version of New Glenn’s first stage to practice for that eventual countdown.
The 188-foot-long, 23-foot-wide simulator emerged from Blue Origin’s rocket factory in Florida last week.
In a series of tweets, the company said the GS1 simulator would “enable the team to practice ground ops for New Glenn’s massive first stage, including the transport from the rocket manufacturing complex to LC-36 for integration.”
“While not destined for flight, this hardware is giving our team invaluable data to inform future launch vehicle operations,” Blue Origin said.
The simulator is basically the weighted shell of New Glenn’s reusable first-stage booster, without the BE-4 engines that would launch the rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 36. The BE-4 is due for its first use on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket next year after development delays.
The second stage is being developed separately, with an eye toward eventually making that stage fully reusable as well. And there are signs that the New ...

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