The powerful new space launch vehicle outlined by Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos could give partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) a run for the money in the 2020s, positioning “Blue” to support a burgeoning economy in low Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond. Named in honor of retired Sen. John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, the launcher—previously identified informally as the “very big brother”—will generate 3.85 million lb. thrust at liftoff. ...

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