This screensaver from the newly released Blue Origin animation shows the rocket of New Glenn's heavy-duty rocket that is developing in Earth's orbit.
And the six legs of landing at the first stage obviously will now unfold themselves a little differently – unfolding from the bottom, as Sokol 9's feet do, rather than sliding down.
There are some cosmetic changes. The new ambulance on the rocket has a black-and-white look, with less blue lights and a smaller version of the Blue Origin pin.
New Glenn – named after NASA astronaut John Glenn, who in February 1962 became the first US Earth orbit – will be a huge and powerful rocket. It will be 95 meters high and will be able to raise 50 tons (45 metric tons) to low Earth orbit (LEO). The first stage is designed to fly at least 25 times, said Blue Origin representatives.
For comparison, SpaceX has a height of 230 feet (70 m), a Falcon Heavy two-stage rocket, which made its debut flight in February 2018, can weigh 70.3 tons (63.8 tons) of payload to LEO . (Falcon Heavy's first stage consists of three modified Falcon 9 cores, all of which are designed to land and fly again.)
NASA works on its own heavy lifter to help astronauts reach the moon , Mars, and other remote destinations. This rocket launcher, the SLS, will be the most powerful one ever built and boast of even greater power than the famous Saturn V of the Apollo era.
SLS is scheduled to fly for the first time in June 2020, a mission that will send an uninvited Orion capsule to a moon journey.
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