A new video shows the latest design statement from Blue Origin's big New Glenn rocket, which was debuted in 2021.
Blue Origin, led by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, left almost 2 minutes of animation on Wednesday (Jan. 16). It shows a whole of a typical mission for the two-stage heavy-liner, including a first stage on a sea-going ship – a dramatic maneuver that has been known by the return of SpaceX Falcon's first stage 9 rockets.
There are a few notable differences between the rocket that are shown in the new video and the New Glenn, which we've seen in a similar animation in 2017. For example, the older version contains a wear leasing – the protective nose cone. that was the game in the launch – that was bullet shape and 18 meters (5.4 meters) wide. The current incorporation has a 23-foot-wide (7 m) surprise with a traditional snub. (A previously visited three-stage New Glenn has made this bigger move, but this booster variant is no longer part of Blue Origin's plans.) [Blue Origin’s Giant New Glenn Rocket in Pictures]
And the first stage & # 39; s six landscapes will now be deployed another – by the & # 39; a bottom out of bottom, much like Falcon 9 legs, other than a kind of ride down.
There are also some cosmetic changes. The new delivery from the rocket has more of a black-and-white view, with less blue heights, and a smaller version of Blue Origin's power symbol.
New Glenn – it takes its name from NASA astronaut John Glenn, who in February 1962 became the first American on earth – a great and powerful series. It will be 313 feet (95 m) and can raise 50 tons (45 meters) to low ground (LEO). The first stage has been designed to fly at least 25 times, Blue Origin representatives have said.
For comparison, SpaceX's 230-foot-tall (70 meters), two-step Falcon Heavy rocket, which made its debut flight in February 2018, can reach 70.3 tons (63.8 meters) use of LEGO. (The first fifth whole whole whole beginning of the Falcon Heavy consists of three model Falcon 9, all designed to land and fly.)
NASA is working on its own heavy load, to get help in the month, March and other distant destinations. This rocket, called the Space Launch System (SLS), will be the most powerful ever built, even more powerful than the famous Apollo time Saturn V, NASA officials have said.
The SLS will fly in June 2020 for the first flight on a mission that will send an orphaned Orion capsule on a trip around the month.
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