Private Sector Space Race

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A private spaceflight company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials announced Monday.

Blue Origin President Robert Meyerson said his company is seeking a production contract with United Launch Alliance, a private company that provides satellite launches for the U.S. government and others.

He said the company will locate a production factory for the BE-4 rocket engine in Huntsville upon a contract being signed.

Jeff Bezos rocket firm Blur Origin plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials have announced.

According to the company’s website, the powerful BE-4 engine is designed to end dependence on Russian-built engines for launching payloads into space.

‘Alabama is a proven leader in aerospace manufacturing with the highest-skilled workforce, business climate and leadership that we need to produce low-cost rocket engines that we need to protect the nation, (and) explore the universe,’ Meyerson said at a news conference in Huntsville.

Blue Origin is considered a leading contender for the contract after it and ULA entered into a partnership last year with the U.S. Air Force to develop a new rocket propulsion system to power Vulcan, ULA’s new rocket designed to carry heavy payloads into space.

Blue Origin is currently developing a BE-4 engine for its New Glenn rockets (pictured) that the firm plans to test in just three years. Jeff Bezos said: 'That vehicle will fly in in 2020 for the first time'

The BE-4 engines are undergoing rigorous certification at Blue Origin's West Texas-based test site until the rocket is ready for its first tests in 2019.

The BE-4 engines are undergoing rigorous certification at Blue Origin’s West Texas-based test site until the rocket is ready for its first tests in 2019.

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