In the previous year, Blue Origin has put forward a proposal, which is anticipated to be a 4-way competition for the funding of US Air Force to back the development of orbital-class rockets. Blue Origin that is owned by Jeff Bezos is also in the run to launch its orbital rockets, according to an industrial official.
After confirming the proposal presented by two sources of the space industry, they have placed Blue Origin up, following SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and Orbital ATK. It is also claimed that Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine will be installed for powering the future-generation Vulcan rocket.
The New Glenn rocket is also under-construction, led by Blue Origin, to get qualified for national security missions by Air Force.
Moreover, in this whole array of investments, ULA had received a funding in earlier phase for the initiative of Air Force. This funding was released with an intention to help companies develop booster engines that are liquid-fueled in an attempt to finish the dependence of military on RD-180 power plant of Russia that impels the ULA Atlas 5 rockets at first stage. A part of Air Force funding allocated to ULA in 2016 was intended for making BE-4 engine compatible with Vulcan booster’s first stage. These details were issued in a military press release.
The spokesperson of the Blue Origin stated that from the start of BE-4 engine development, it has been funded by private funds with a backing of ULA.
Bezos company has also modified the design of the New Glenn in the previous year, deciding to assemble a 7 Meter diameter payload cover on the top portion of the rocket. However, for the New Glenn’s actual missions, officials planned 5 Meter cover.
They also stated that huge payload shroud will enable New Glenn to carry more numbers of satellites in single travel.