Bezos rocket launch ‘win’ puts pressure on rivals

Jeff Bezos-backed rocket company Blue Origin has won a satellite launch contract from a Thailand start-up broadband business, Mu Space.

“We have entered into an agreement with Mu Space on a future launch of a geostationary satellite aboard New Glenn early in the next decade,” Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson said at the International Astronautical Congress being held in Adelaide, Australia.

Blue Origin/New Glenn already has launch orders in hand from Eutelsat and super-constellation operator OneWeb.

The first flights for the reusable rocket are scheduled for 2020, although test-flights are also slated for this year.

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