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Blue Origin practices with simulated orbital rocket

9 Nov 2021, 02:03 UTC
Blue Origin practices with simulated orbital rocket
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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.
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