33rd Space Symposium
ULA chief says Blue Origin in driver’s seat for Vulcan engine deal
A full-scale BE-4 engine developed by Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, is installed on a test stand in West Texas for a series of hotfire tests that United Launch Alliance will closely examine before settling on the reusable methane-fueled engine for its new-generation Vulcan rocket.
Brexit raises question mark over UK’s role in some European space projects
The future participation of major segments of Britain’s space industry in Europe’s Galileo navigation system and Copernicus environmental network, two multibillion-dollar flagship programs with dozens of satellites, is sure to be a significant part of negotiations as the UK withdraws from the European Union, according to a member of the European Commission.
Musk wants to make Falcon rockets fully reusable
SpaceX chief Elon Musk said last week he is “fairly confident” his company’s Falcon rockets can be made fully reusable within a couple of years, suggesting a renewed emphasis on outfitting upper stages for a scorching re-entry after engineers shelved the idea to focus on landing the launcher’s bigger booster stage.
U.S. military orders two more surveillance satellites to roam geosynchronous orbit
NASA, Roscosmos open to extending station operations to 2028
Videos: Strap in aboard Blue Origin’s suborbital spaceship
Photos: Blue Origin’s New Shepard booster on display
Blue Origin’s staying power bankrolled by Jeff Bezos’s multibillion-dollar investment
Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, now the second-richest person in the world, is funding his space company’s lofty ambitions $1 billion per year, driving Blue Origin closer to taking paying passengers to the edge of space and fielding a reusable satellite launcher that will usher in a golden age of space exploration, the billionaire tycoon said Wednesday.