NASA and Blue Origin partner up for new rocket engine tests

CNET | 4/17/2019 | Jackson Ryan
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It was once the proving ground for the rocket engines that lifted American astronauts to the moon for the first time, but now Test Stand 4670 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will have a new tenant: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin.

The two companies have signed an agreement that will provide Blue Origin access to the historic test stand and strengthen growth in the commercial space sector, NASA announced Wednesday.

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Under the agreement, Blue Origin will begin to upgrade the test stand in Huntsville, Alabama, originally built in 1965. The facility was critical in developing the Saturn V propulsion system, the only heavy lift launch vehicle that has carried humans beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) and helped set up the space laboratory Skylab in the 1970s. It was subsequently used to test elements of the space shuttle system that carried astronauts to LEO.

It hasn't been used for rocket engine testing since 1998.

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Blue Origin is currently developing two rocket engines, dubbed BE-3U and BE-4. The engines are planned to be used in Blue Origin's New Glenn launch vehicle,...
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