Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space firm has joined the cue of companies which aim to organise commercial tours to red planet for mankind by 2020. Blue Origin, a company owned by Bezos, revealed designs for its first orbit-and-beyond-capable boosters on Monday. Bezos took to Twitter to share the designs of company’s first project “New Glenn”, named in honour of first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn. New Glenn, is a 82 metre tall, two-stage craft which will pack 3.85 million pounds of thrust. However, the thrust capacity is a little lower than that of SpaceX’s 70m-tall Falcon Heavy is specced to provide 5,13 million pounds of thrust and is expected to fly early in 2017. The Glenn will be in direct competition with Space X’s Falcon Heavy for its customers and it will be quite interesting to see that how the two companies market their first of its kind service.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) September 12, 2016
Blue Origin and SpaceX are commercial spaceflight outfits which are trying to colonize the red planet. The two companies are not the only ones trying to send people for a space tour, the only similarity is that these are led by two very outspoken businessmen. Blue Origin is owned by Jeff Bezos, whereas SpaceX is owned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Blue Origin says that their spacecraft New Glenn may fly before 2020. Blue Origin plans to first launch the rocket from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. That’s rather later than the Space X’s Falcon Heavy, but still a very welcome step to mankind’s heavy lift capabilities, as we consider further adventures in orbit.
That’s rather later than the Space X’s Falcon Heavy, but still a very welcome step to mankind’s heavy lift capabilities, as we consider further adventures in orbit.