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Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« on: 11/08/2007 01:20 PM »
Completely silent for almost a year already
Does anyone know the inside of this company
What are they doing right now
Are they progressing well or getting into troubles
Maybe someone like Jim can answer my question?
« Last Edit: 09/16/2014 03:52 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: 11/08/2007 01:42 PM »
Have no idea since they don't interface with NASA

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: 11/08/2007 03:08 PM »
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/launch_data/permitted_historical_launch/

They haven't apparently sent anything off the ground in awhile.
Their permit was one year renewable from Sept 06. I don't see that it's been renewed but that may not be updated publically.

http://www.airweb.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/
rgFinalRule.nsf/0/7f5242499c569f6c862572d7004aeed8!OpenDocument&ExpandSection=-4

Blue Origin suggested that 12 month Experimental permits be lengthened to 18 months.


I don't see anything that shows that they applied for renewal, nor do I see anything that shows such an application was rejected.
« Last Edit: 05/08/2015 02:09 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: 11/12/2007 02:09 PM »
Well given the job postings they had I'm guessing right now they are working on engine development, I guess they came to the same conclusion that Armadilo did and they are getting away from Hydrogen Peroxide.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: 11/12/2007 02:56 PM »

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PurduesUSAFguy - 12/11/2007  7:09 AM  Well given the job postings they had I'm guessing right now they are working on engine development, I guess they came to the same conclusion that Armadilo did and they are getting away from Hydrogen Peroxide.

If true, this would be the first indication that Blue Origin is potentially serious about their plans.

 


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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: 11/21/2007 11:47 PM »
Just found this update on livescience.com with regards to Blue Origin. Not much technical detail however it is current and is made to sound positive. I love the line "step by step, ferociously" 

http://www.livescience.com/blogs/2007/11/21/bezos-amazoncom-blue-origin-rocket-progress/

(Please do not post text from articles....it's called copyright - Chris).
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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: 05/01/2008 08:56 PM »
And then .... silence again.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: 06/03/2008 02:29 PM »
They have some pics up of their facility in Washington State, see http://public.blueorigin.com/index.html

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: 08/18/2008 08:47 PM »
Well given the job postings they had I'm guessing right now they are working on engine development, I guess they came to the same conclusion that Armadilo did and they are getting away from Hydrogen Peroxide.
Looking at this job opening:Engine Test Operations Lead, there are still planning on flying hydrogen peroxide and kerosene powered vehicles.
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Qualifications:
Required
-Demonstrated technical expertise in liquid rocket engine test stand design, operation and maintenance.
-Pressurized Gas Systems
-Fluid Systems
-Working knowledge of a variety of rocket propellants, experience with cryogenic propellants, hydrogen peroxide and kerosene is preferred.
-Understand/experience with hazardous operations and design for system safety.
-Strong Project Management and team leadership skills
-BS degree in engineering and at least 5 years direct experience with propulsion test facilities.
-U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or otherwise able to review all export-controlled technical information.

They always seem to have a lot of job openings. Is it that hard to find rocket engineers?

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: 08/18/2008 10:24 PM »
At the same time, there is also an opening for a turbomachinery engineer.

Hmm...is that a big carbon-fiber barrel section in the middle of the picture?


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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: 08/19/2008 04:19 AM »
At the same time, there is also an opening for a turbomachinery engineer.

Hmm...is that a big carbon-fiber barrel section in the middle of the picture?



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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: 08/19/2008 02:30 PM »

and some "weather station" (I think that was their codeword for the McGregor, TX test site they later bought, but I could be wrong).

I think you mean Fort Stockton.  McGregor is SpaceX's test site.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: 08/19/2008 02:32 PM »

and some "weather station" (I think that was their codeword for the McGregor, TX test site they later bought, but I could be wrong).

I think you mean Fort Stockton.  McGregor is SpaceX's test site.

Yes, you're right.  Sorry. :)
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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: 08/19/2008 06:46 PM »

and some "weather station" (I think that was their codeword for the McGregor, TX test site they later bought, but I could be wrong).

I think you mean Fort Stockton.  McGregor is SpaceX's test site.

I think you mean Van Horn. Fort Stockton is near the West Texas/Pecos County spaceport.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: 11/08/2008 12:40 AM »
According to a Blue Origin job ad they are presently integrating their 3rd flight article: http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=616978&fromSearch=1&sik=1226104399658
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Blue, home based in Kent, WA. and resides on 25 acres with approximately 250,000 square foot of facilities and a multi-million dollar propulsion test facilities on site. Blue also owns and maintains a 200,000+ acre private launch site in West Texas. Blue has designed and built 2 flight articles with 4 successful flights flown to date and presently integrating our 3rd flight article. We are a privately held, well funded company with a head count in excess of 100 engineers.

Blue Origin is committed in the development of vehicles and technologies that, over time, will help enable an enduring human presence in space. Our efforts are focused on reusable propulsion systems, fully autonomous, low cost of operations, life support, abort systems and human factors.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: 12/08/2008 06:19 PM »
Space.com has a new article on Blue Origin and the New Shepard vehicle.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/081208-blue-origin-stern.html

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: 12/09/2008 05:31 AM »
Space.com has a new article on Blue Origin and the New Shepard vehicle.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/081208-blue-origin-stern.html

Very interesting.  We will see whose prediction of the demand for suborbital science is closer to reality, Alan Stern's or Ed Weiler's.

There is a chart titled "Sample New Shepherd CC Trajectories"".  Fitting curves to the chart indicates that gravity is treated as a variable, along with other curiosities.  One would expect better than a cartoon.

Although the video is over two years old, is is fun to see what looks very much like a DC-X flight.  Wonder what the relative budgets were.

What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: 01/17/2009 01:58 PM »
Bezos owns his ranches in west texas through an entity calded "Daugherty Ranches". The "Texas Water Development Board" website has an overview of the wells located on these ranches and which includes the coordinates (Culberson county, Hudspeth county). I put these coordinates in a kml file (you can open these with Google Earth). This gives a nice overview of the huge amount of land owned by Bezos.

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: 02/25/2009 09:39 PM »
Another Blue Origin mystery:
http://n5lp.net/Saltflatmystery.html

Bezos has apperently build a new airport on his land. Is he planning to switch to horizontal landing or is this airport unrelated to Blue Origin and is Bezos renting his land to the CIA like the website owner speculates?

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Re: Blue Origin Update and Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: 02/26/2009 03:00 PM »
Another Blue Origin mystery:
http://n5lp.net/Saltflatmystery.html

Bezos has apperently build a new airport on his land. Is he planning to switch to horizontal landing or is this airport unrelated to Blue Origin and is Bezos renting his land to the CIA like the website owner speculates?


Although it is unlikely that the CIA is using this land, it is within the realm of possibility that the purpose of this project is hidden behind a cover story of a space tourism project, as that cover would certainly be plausible enough for most people not to think much about the mystery. However, I have no idea what could lie beneath if this were a cover story.

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