Homehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/UShttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/NASA rents another piece of historic property to Jeff Bezos & # 39; rocket company
NASA rents another piece of historic property to Jeff Bezos & # 39; rocket company
In a press release, NASA said on Wednesday it signed a Blue Origin agreement to use its rocket engine test site in Huntsville, Alabama. The agreement "signals the growing growth of commercial space," NASA said in a statement.
The Huntsville site once hosted the testing of the massive engines driving the Saturn V rocket that landed astronauts on the moon half a century ago. It was later used to test engines for NASA's space trial. The plant has been dormant since 1998.
"Through this agreement, we will arrange for the renovation, restoration and modernization of this piece of American history – and bring the sounds of rocket engines back to Huntsville," Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said in a statement.
They are designed to operate Blue Origins upcoming New Glenn rocket, a massive launch car designed to send heavy satellites and other payloads to circuits, enabling Bezos & # 39; company to compete directly with Elon Musk's company SpaceX.
Blue Origin also sells a rocket engine model, BE-4, to the United Guardian Alliance. ULA, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is building a new rocket family called Vulcan. The incumbent moves to his younger rival for a new engine ̵
1; a move that was celebrated because it will stop the ULA's dependence on Russian-made rocket engines.
It is further evidence that next-generation startup brings the American rocket industry roaring back to life after years of stagnation. The signs are already widespread in Florida: A number of private companies are built near NASA's stomping grounds, SpaceX has taken over the famous Apollo launch site Pad 39A, and Blue Origin built a factory and plans to use a abandoned launch complex in nearby.  Test stand 4670 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has hosted engine testing for a number of launch vehicles. "data-src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105-atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-small-169.jpg "data-src-xsmall =" / /cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105-atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-medium-plus-169.jpg "data-src-small =" http: //cdn.cnn. com / cnnnext / dam / assets / 190417202105-atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-large-169.jpg "data-src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105 -atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-exlarge-169.jpg "data-src-large =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105-atlas-ii-ari- testing- at-4670-super-169.jpg "data-src-full16x9 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105-atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-full-169.jpg "data-src-mini1x1 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190417202105-atlas-ii-ar-testing-at-4670-small-11.jpg "data-demand-load =" not -loaded "data-eq-pts =" mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781 "src =" data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAAP /////// wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI + py + 0Po5yUFQA7 "/>
Bezos started Blue Origin in 2000, two years before Musk founded SpaceX. The latter company has dominated headlines over the past few years, while Blue Origin has quietly tested a suborbital rocket that will be used to fly tourists to space. Now it seems the company will be ready to start flying tourists in the coming months, and New Glenn is expected to start flying effortless orbital missions in 2021.
Investing money in the same districts where NASA is Present, considered politically important to private rocket companies to curry favor with key lawmakers in Washington DC.
Meanwhile, NASA has shown an increasing appetite for hiring private companies to take over some of its tasks. For example, SpaceX and Boeing will soon start flying astronauts to the International Space Station.
The explosive growth of the new space industry in recent years has been welcomed by many in the space community. The United States is approaching the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo lunar landing this year, but it has been almost a decade since NASA launched its astronauts on a US vehicle.
The Space Launch System, NASA's massive new rocket rocket, is year after year and is currently facing more delays and criticisms.
Vice President Mike Pence recently demanded to put boots back on the moon by 2024. He said achieving that goal would mean accelerating the SLS program "any way necessary" – including seeking private sector assistance. Critics have blown politicians to hang the moon's plan without allocating the dollars they say NASA needs to get the job done.