May 28, 2019

Everything you need to know about Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket

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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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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