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Blue Origin protests Air Force launch competition

Artist's illustration of a rocket in flight above clouds
An artist's illustration of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket in flight. Photo: Blue Origin

Blue Origin is protesting the Air Force's methods for finding 2 companies to launch national security payloads through the mid-2020s.

Why it matters: If chosen, the companies will effectively lock in billions of dollars in revenue, undertaking a 60/40 split of national security launches between 2022 and 2026.

Blue Origin gets closer to flying people to the edge of space

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launching
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifting off. Photo: Blue Origin

Blue Origin is just a few test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

Why it matters: If the Jeff Bezos-founded company does manage to fly humans to the edge of space aboard its New Shepard system before the end of the year, it makes the company a major player in the suborbital game.