Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Another Blue Origin Update

In my inbox today:

We broke ground on our orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida.

The 750,000 square foot rocket factory is custom-built from the ground up to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration and testing. Among other things, the facility hosts large scale friction stir welding and automated composite processing equipment. All of the vehicle will be manufactured in this facility except for the engines. Initial BE-4 engine production will occur at our Kent facility while we conduct a site selection process later this year for a larger engine production facility to accommodate higher production rates.

I’ve included some photos that will give you an idea of what the vehicle manufacturing facility will look like in December 2017 when it’s complete.

It’s exciting to see the bulldozers in action--we’re clearing the way for the production of a reusable fleet of orbital vehicles that we will launch and land, again and again.

Gradatim Ferociter!

Jeff Bezos

 
Site preparation is underway in Florida

 
Bird’s-eye view of our new orbital vehicle manufacturing site

 
Here’s an artist’s rendition

 
Let the rockets roll
Note the vehicles poking out in the last picture- looks like 3 engines? If so more powerful than previously thought (rumours I'd seen suggested a single BE-4 in the first stage).



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