A replay of the new Blue Origin Glenn missile under development.
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Just south of Blue Origin's imposing campus at the Kennedy Space Center, an empty piece of land is soon being transformed into a sprawling, technology-laden extension of the aerospace company's existing rocket factory.

Labeled As a "South Campus" in water management district documents received by FLORIDA TODAY, the 90-acre extension will be connected to the factory at Exploration Park, a publicly accessible area west of KSC's main gate. The two-lane Space Commerce Way winds its way through the area, connecting other players such as the satellite company OneWeb, the Space Florida Business Development Agency, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex main entrance.

Campus South Will Nearly Double Base Area Blue Origin has already secured leases from NASA, so the company led by Jeff Bezos "can set up programs that fit in with facilities located on adjacent North Campus," the documents said , Blue will build 270- and 313-foot versions of New Glenn rockets in the towering blue-and-white North Campus campus, which will not launch until after 2020.

"The facilities will be the manufacture and provision of commercial launch vehicles," read the documents of the St. Johns River Water Management District. "The planned Phase 1 development includes site development for the building (warehouse) and site preparation for future future construction."

Construction is expected to begin in July, the final phase – the expandable warehouse – is scheduled to be completed in March 2020.


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The Blue Origin's media team did not respond to an inquiry about the country that had leased the company directly from NASA for 50 years. Total payments for this period will be $ 20.3 million, after the lease signed in December, also received by FLORIDA TODAY.

The construction of a complex and the search for additional capacity is not unusual in the space industry.

"As they get closer to what they do for business, they'll find it will be a bit bigger and take up more space than they expected," said Dale Ketcham, head of strategic alliances for Space Florida , the state development agency for aerospace. "But that's not unique to them or to the space industry."

The 89.53-hectare site will also include:

  • A warehouse that could be expanded in the future
  • Roads for the transportation of New Glenn missiles
  • Roads and parking for trucks and smaller ones Vehicles
  • Landscaping and Lighting Improvements

Approximately 16 kilometers from these facilities, Blue Origin also commences at Launch Complex 36 of Cape Canaveral, which is leased by the Air Force. New Glenn missiles are finally transported from the KSC campus to LC-36 for take-off, but the launch control for missions is taken from the top floor of the New Glenn factory itself.

The private rocket engineering company was founded in Kent, Washington. 2000 is funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world. Its technology is not limited to its own missions, however, as the Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint ventures United Launch Alliance will use Blue's BE-4 engines for their upcoming Vulcan missile range.

Blue and Bezo's vision for the future includes millions of people who work and live in space. The hope is to tap vast resources of the Solar System so that the Earth can be preserved for future generations.

Contact Emre Kelly at [email protected] or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram @EmreKelly.


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