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Former Blue Origin boss sues company

A complaint has been filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court by Craig Stoker, who was previously Blue Origin’s programme manager on their BE-4 rocket engine development, and alleging concerns over workplace safety at the Jeff Bezos-backed business. Stoker further alleges that Blue Origin had a “hostile work environment” and that there were “ethical violations” […]

December 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

Blue Origin develops Blue Ring

Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos-backed reusable rocket business, in addition to his Project Kuiper broadband scheme and its rocket tourism activity, is developing Blue Ring. It is described as a “multi-use platform for Earth orbit and beyond”. Blue Ring will be an orbiting platform that can host, deploy and re-fuel satellites. Blue Ring is a […]

October 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

Blue Origin can soon fly again

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket company can start flying its New Shepard vehicle again once it corrects the Federal Aviation Authority’s list of problems on a rocket flight that failed on September 12th 2022. The FAA stated: “We have closed the Blue Origin New Shepard mishap investigation. The final report cites multiple root causes of […]

September 29, 2023

Blue Origin boss steps down

Bob Smith, CEO at the Amazon/Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket company, is stepping down. He’ll stay in post for the time being in what seem to be a harmonious transfer to Dave Limp who has run Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband division. Blue Origin has suffered some considerable challenges over the past few years and the consensus […]

September 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

The hidden news behind Bezos’s rockets

One of the mostly ignored elements of the Amazon Project Kuiper multi-rocket news – which in the words of Quilty Analytics “rightfully grabbed all the headlines” – might not be the most important story. Quilty says that Amazon’s announcement that it can build an all-electronically-steered flat panel antenna (FPA) for about $500 represents an earth-shattering […]

April 11, 2022

Bezos risks all on unproven rockets

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos has contracted with three rocket launch companies to a 5- year launch timetable to place his 3236 ‘Project Kuiper’ satellites into orbit. Kuiper has until July 30th 2026 to launch at least half of its constellation (1618 satellites) to retain its FCC orbital and frequency permissions. The cargo being carried works […]

April 8, 2022

Bezos’s giant rocket orders unwrapped

The news on April 5th that Jeff Bezos had signed unprecedented orders for rocket capacity to get Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband system operational did not go far enough. The announcement also kick-starts a five-year timetable and designed to compete head-to-head with Elon Musk’s Starlink operation which is already in business. Amazon had ordered up a […]

April 6, 2022

Bezos makes Kuiper move

Jeff Bezos has ordered a massive series of rocket launches to get Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband system into space. Amazon has selected Arianespace, its own Blue Origin, as well as the United Launch Alliance for an overall 68 launches, split between the three giant launch providers. The three sets of contracts are by far the […]

April 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Blue Origin to double passenger flights

The Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket system says it plans to more than double the number of people it lofts into sub-orbital space upon its New Shepard vehicle. It was a New Shepard rocket which carried William Shatner into sub-orbital space last October. Bob Smith, chief executive of Blue Origin, speaking at the annual FAA […]

February 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Shatner among Blue Origin final NS-18 crew

Blue Origin has announced that actor William Shatner and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, will fly on board New Shepard NS-18. Shatner’s career as an actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman has spanned 60 years. He famously originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in 1966 […]

October 5, 2021