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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin delays New Glenn debut to late 2022

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blueorigin_newglenn_launch_web.0.jpg An illustration showing Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket standing on its launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. | Blue Origin

Blue Origin is delaying the debut launch of its massive, centerpiece rocket New Glenn to late 2022, the company announced Thursday, citing a key Pentagon contract it lost out on to rival firms SpaceX and United Launch Alliance as the reason for the delay.

New Glenn is a massive, partially reusable heavy-lift rocket designed to launch anything from national security payloads and commercial satellites. Its first flight was previously slated for sometime in 2021.

“The current target for New Glenn’s maiden flight is Q4 2022,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. “The Blue Origin team has been in contact with all of our customers to ensure this baseline meets their launch needs.”

Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin’s founder and currently the...

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