Blue Origin progress

  • 00-00-2000 Founded
  • 00-00-2006 New Shepard (NS, fully reusable suborbital launch vehicle)
  • 00-11-2006 First test vehicle was launched, the Goddard rocket, which reached an altitude of 285 feet
  • 00-00-2012 New Glenn (NG, heavy lift vehicle)
  • 00-09-2016 New Glenn (NG)
  • 00-05-2019 Blue Moon announced
  • 20-07-2021 New Shepard (NS) performed its first crewed mission to sub-orbital space called Blue Origin NS-16.
  • 09-02-2023 NASA announced on February 9, 2023, that it had selected the New Glenn (NG) heavy-lift launch vehicle for the launch of two Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) spacecraft.
  • 12-09-2022 New Shepard flight (NS mishap).
  • 26-09-2023 The Federal Aviation Administration announced it had closed the mishap investigation into a failed launch by Blue Origin’s New Shepard (NS) vehicle more than a year ago, but said the vehicle is not yet cleared to resume flights. The FAA said in a statement that is closed the investigation into the New Shepard (NS) payload-only suborbital mission designated NS-23 that took place in September 2022. On that flight, the main engine failed about a minute into flight, triggering the abort motor in the vehicle’s crew capsule. That capsule, carrying payloads but no people, landed safely under parachutes, while the propulsion module crashed. In its statement, the FAA said it identified 21 corrective actions that Blue Origin is required to complete to prevent the mishap from happening again. The agency did not enumerate the actions but said they included a redesign of engine and nozzle components to improve its structural performance as well as “organizational changes.” Closing the investigation does not itself allow the company to resume New Shepard (NS) flights. The company must, at a minimum, demonstrate to the FAA it has implemented the recommendations related to public safety before the agency will issue a modified launch license. The FAA declined to say how many of the 21 corrective actions are linked to public safety.
  • 19-12-2023 Launch NS-24.
  • 01-02-2024 Integration NG: Booster and BE-4.
  • 21-02-2024 New Glenn vehicle rolled out and for the first time on the pad at Launch Complex 36 (LC-36). First view of the advanced heavy-lift vehicle, which will support a multitude of customer missions and Blue Origin programs, including returning to the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program.
  • 00-00-2024 Static fire (expected).
  • 00-00-2024 First launch of NG (expected).
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