Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Blue Origin on their partnership with United Launch Alliance to jointly fund the development of their new BE-4 rocket engine. The agreement includes a four-year development process with full scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019.
“We are pleased to see the commercial space industry step up to the challenges for sustainable space exploration,” stated Incoming President Eric Stallmer. “Blue Origin’s American made engine will provide cost-effective and reliable access to space for national security, civil, and commercial purposes. Congratulations to both Blue Origin and ULA on their announcement, and I look forward to following the progress of the BE-4.”
The development of the BE-4 engine has been underway for three years and its components are currently undergoing testing at Blue Origin’s West Texas test facilities.
Statement from Space Florida President Frank DiBello Regarding ULA/Blue Origin Partnership Announced September 17, 2014:
“I’d like to extend congratulations to Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos and ULA CEO Tory Bruno for announcing their timely and innovative partnership to develop U.S. made rocket engines for future ULA flights.
“Keeping all components of launch vehicle manufacturing in the U.S. is critical to maintaining leadership in space.
“This historic partnership is merely the beginning of many to come that will further blur the lines between “old” and “new” space – with workhorse companies like ULA and leading edge thinkers like Bezos joining forces in the pursuit of U.S. led space exploration that will keep our nation ahead of the pack in today’s global space race.”