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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. (Photo: Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

New Glenn is one of two key rockets that are a part of Blue Origin's arsenal.

Why it matters: Jeff Bezos' private space company wants to use the rocket to drive down the cost of bringing large payloads to orbit.

Key details about New Glenn
  • Projected launch date: 2021
  • Height: 270 ft.
  • Engines: 7 reusable BE-4 LOX/LNG engines
  • Launch site: Launch Complex 36 in Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Jobs: The project has created 330 jobs with an average annual salary of $90,000, per the Orlando Business Journal.
  • Investment: $2.5 billion to date
  • Supported payload weight: 13 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit, 45 metric tons to low Earth orbit
  • Customers (to date): Eutelsat, OneWeb, mu Space, SKY Perfect JSAT and Telesat
  • Namesake: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth
Other facts about New Glenn
  • The rocket's first stage is built to be reusable for 25 missions, per Blue Origin, in line with one of the company's goals to drive down the cost of access to space.
  • It will be designed to launch and land in 95% of weather conditions.
  • During liftoff, when the rocket's two stages separate, the first flies back to Earth and lands on a moving ship.
  • Its fairing has double the usable volume of any "existing launch vehicle," according to Blue Origin.

Blue Origin's simulation of a New Glenn flight:

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German elections: After close result, jockeying to replace Merkel begins

Data: Preliminary results from German Federal Returning Officer; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) pulled off a come-from-behind victory in Sunday’s elections, 10 seats ahead of the Christian Democrats (CDU), which failed to finish top for the first time in 16 years.

State of play: SPD leader Olaf Scholz has said he’ll seek to form a government, but so too has Armin Laschet, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor as CDU leader.

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Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot on live television

President Biden received a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster shot on live television on Monday, while also urging Americans to get vaccinated.

Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended Pfizer booster shots for millions of people, including those 65 years and older and individuals at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, wins unconditional release

John Hinckley Jr. sitting on the back seat of a car in 1981. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate former President Reagan in 1981.

State of play: U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington ruled that Hinckley can be freed from all court supervision in 2022 if he remains mentally stable and continues to follow rules that were imposed on him after he was released from a Washington mental health facility in 2016 to live in Virginia, AP reports.