Blue Origin unveils the design of it’s future rocket — the New Glenn
The rocket is named the New Glenn, after John Glenn, and will measure 23-feet in diameter and stand 270 feet tall, with a sea-level thrust of 3.85 million pounds. The engines will burn liquefied natural gas and liquefied oxygen. The three-stage variant of New Glenn will be 313 feet tall, with a single BE-3 engine powering its upper stage.
“New Glenn is designed to launch commercial satellites and to fly humans into space,” Bezos said. “The three-stage variant—with its high specific impulse hydrogen upper stage—is capable of flying demanding beyond-LEO missions.”
Bezos hopes to make space travel as routine as airplane flight.
The new rocket and its engines will be reusable. The first stage of the booster is being designed to fly a minimum of 25 missions. Blue Origin plans to fly the New Glenn for the first time before the end of this decade from the Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step,” Bezos said.