Weekly Space News: Rocketing Forward
There’s a new rocket in town. And in fact, there may be several…
Blue Origin has announced the development of a huge new rocket, the New Glenn, which will have orbital capabilities.
Named in honor of John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, the New Glenn is taller than any other rocket since the Saturn V took people to the Moon; and it also represents a big step forward, as it will land vertically after use.
And while we’re excited to see a new rocket enter the space race, there’s something else Blue Origin mentioned that has us really intrigued:
“Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step. It won’t be the last of course. Up next on our drawing board: New Armstrong. But that’s a story for the future.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO, Blue Origin
“New Armstrong?” If the New Glenn is a huge rocket capable of launching things to orbit…what could the Armstrong be?
It sounds like someday in the near future, Blue Origin could be fulfilling Bezos’ dream of space tourism; but in the meantime, what do you think this New Armstrong could be?
Author: Nick Azer; Editor: Susan Emmer