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Details of the next manned New Shepherd launch currently planned for the 23rd March:

A new patch for every single commercial flight? Seems kinda... "lookit meeeeeeeee!"

Be fair. There's a patch for every SpaceX manned mission as well. Including the one (so far) commercial flight.
 

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Details of the next manned New Shepherd launch currently planned for the 23rd March:

A new patch for every single commercial flight? Seems kinda... "lookit meeeeeeeee!"
For the amount of money that they are paying it's a nice memento that they can keep to display at the office or at home. Sort of like the awarding of astronaut wings after every flight. Pointless but a nice souvenir.
 

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As Blue Origin nears the critical point of delivering flight-ready BE-4 rocket engines to United Launch Alliance, the engineer in charge of the company's rocket engine program has decided to leave.

Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith recently informed employees of the departure of John Vilja, the senior vice president of Blue Engines. In Smith's email to employees, obtained by Ars, Vilja is said to be leaving Blue to pursue his "many" interests and hobbies outside of work.
According to company sources, the first two BE-4 flight engines are in final production at Blue Origin's factory in Kent, Washington. The first of these engines is scheduled to be shipped to a test site in May for "acceptance testing" to ensure its flight readiness. A second should follow in reasonably short order. On this schedule, Blue Origin could conceivably deliver both flight engines to United Launch Alliance in June or July. Sources at Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance say development versions of the BE-4—which are nearly identical to the flight versions—have been performing well in tests.

 

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The Painful Truth why OB is NOT SpaceX
main problem they have is CEO Bob Smith and Jeff Bezos treat the company like his Hobby on Weekends...
Not like Elon Musk work 120 hours a week to run TESLA and SpaceX

While more and more specialist leaving BO for SpaceX

Bob Smith has Approval rating of 32%
Elon Musk has Approval rating of 90% !

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check glassdoor + Blue Origin
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icp_cSggb9g
 

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And obviously, as nothing much has progressed on the space launcher side (while contracting SpaceX would have been seen as rebuff to Mr Bezos)...
Amazon on Tuesday announced what it says is the biggest rocket deal in the commercial space industry's history, signing on with three companies for up to 83 launches of its Project Kuiper internet satellites.

The technology giant signed contracts for 38 launches with United Launch Alliance (ULA) – a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin; 18 launches with European company Arianespace; and 12 launches with Blue Origin, with an option for as many as 15 additional launches with the private venture that's owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
 

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After hype Mega deal of 83 launches for Kupier constellation
comes the little issues...
FAA permit say 50% of all Kupier satellite (would be 1500 units) must be in Orbit in 2026 !
the entire constellation ready in 2029
Those booked rocket have not fly yet, the BE-4 engine not ready...
and 4 years to get 1500 satellite into orbit...

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TNk9VLyWqk
 

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here we go again

Sorry, Mom, Blue Origin may not use "Jacklyn." In December 2020, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos visited Pensacola, Florida, to rename a large rocket recovery ship "Jacklyn" after his mother. "New Glenn’s first stage will come home to the Jacklyn after every flight," Bezos wrote on his Instagram account. "It couldn't be more appropriately named—Mom has always given us the best place and best heart to come home to." A year and a half later, Blue Origin appears to be reconsidering that possibility, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

Coming home may be too expensive ... The 600-foot former cargo ship has been docked at the Port of Pensacola since 2018, undergoing a retrofit so it can serve as a landing platform for the first stage of New Glenn. A Blue Origin spokesperson told the publication that no final decision has been made yet. The company is looking at "different options" for recovery vessels that give the best chance for mission success while also being safe and cost-effective, the spokesperson said. It seems unlikely that Blue Origin will revert to ground-based landings; it seems like Blue Origin is instead seeking a more economical option than the massive "Jacklyn" for recovery operations. (submitted by Ken the Bin)
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Well, we have had it beaten into our heads that half of launch costs are from “standing armies.”

Maybe Bezos figures it’s foolish to replace that with standing navies?

There are CEOs who make less than deep water divers who weld on oil derricks and such…and rocket handling can’t be too far behind. Bezos is tight.
 

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The next manned flight NS-21 includes the first repeat passenger.

View: https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1523666236198252544


#NewShepard’s 21st mission will include the first Mexican-born woman to fly to space @KatVoltage, Evan Dick, Hamish Harding, @hespanha_victor, Jaison Robinson, and @VictorVescovo. The flight date will be announced soon. Read more : bit.ly/3ywpmgG #NS21
 

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