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Jeff Bezos unveils new 'monster' rocket

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(WASHINGTON POST) — The New Shepard rocket that Blue Origin has been launching and landing is a fairly modest thing, 65 feet high, capable of getting just past the edge of space, some 60 miles up. But on Monday, Jeff Bezos’ space company announced the design of its new, orbital rocket, a towering, more powerful behemoth designed to take people and commercial satellites to orbit.


In a blog post, Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, said the New Glenn rocket would come in two variants–a two stage and a three stage–that would be ready to fly by the end of the decade. Powered by seven BE-4 engines, they would have 3.85 million pounds of thrust at sea level. The rocket would be nearly as tall as the mighty, Apollo-era Saturn V that ferried the Apollo astronauts to the moon.


“Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step,” Bezos wrote.


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