Air Forces awards Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin $500m rocket contract

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has won a $500m military contract for the development of its reusable New Glenn heavy rocket.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Air Force last week doled out over $2 billion in deals with aerospace manufacturers for the development of new rocket technology.

The Air Force said in a news release that United Launch Alliance was awarded a contract to for its "Vulcan-Centaur" system. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will also receive funding to develop its "OmegA" rocket.

The funding comes as the U.S. seeks to transition away from foreign-built space systems, especially the Russian RD 180 engine.

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1. Depiction of Blue Origin receiving a military contract
2. Depiction of Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing process
3. Depiction of New Glenn rocket launch and landing process
4. Depiction of New Glenn rocket landing on ship in turbulent ocean

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The U.S. Air Force has awarded aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin a contract for the development of its reusable New Glenn heavy rocket.”

“According to Engadget, it operates in a similar fashion to the SpaceX Falcon 9.”

“After delivering its payload, the rocket performs a flip before returning to Earth and landing on a barge.”

“The New Glenn rocket flies in a similar pattern, but can also land on a craft that is in motion.”

“Blue Origin told CNET this means it can operate in varying sea conditions and provide dependable scheduling.”

SOURCES: U.S. Air Force, Blue Origin, CNET, Engadget, Reuters
https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1658765/air-force-awards-three-launch-service-agreements/
https://www.cnet.com/news/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-says-its-new-glenn-rockets-will-be-better-than-spacex/
https://www.blueorigin.com/new-glenn
https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/11/blue-origin-new-glenn-rocket-air-force-contract/
https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/blue-origin-shows-how-new-glenn-rocket-will-fly-and-land/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-rockets-airforce/bezos-blue-origin-and-others-get-23-billion-in-us-air-force-rocket-contracts-idUSKCN1ML014