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The Blue Origin video shows the updated design of the new Glenn Rocket



A new video showing the latest design incarnation of Blue Origin's major New Glenn rocket, scheduled to debut in 2021.

Blue Origin, led by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, released the nearly 2-minute animation on Wednesday (January 16). It highlights highlights of a typical mission for the two-stage heavy-lift, including a first landing on a ship at sea – a dramatic maneuver that became famous with the return of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

There are some notable differences between the rocket featured in the new video and the new Glenn, which we saw in a similar 2017 animation. For example, the older version had a payload fairing ̵

1; the protective nose cone that surrounds the spacecraft during takeoff – that was spherical and 5.4 meters wide. The current incarnation features a 7m long panel with a traditional snuff nose look. (A previously planned three-stage New Glenn offered this larger disguise, but this booster variant is no longer part of Blue Origin's plans.) [Blue Origin’s Giant New Glenn Rocket in Pictures]

  This screen grab from a recently released Blue Origin animation shows the evolution of the company Die new Glenn heavy-lift rocket races towards Earth orbit.

This screenshot, taken from a recently released Blue Origin animation, shows the company's upcoming new Glenn heavy-lift missile roaring toward Earth's orbit.

Credit: Blue Origin [19659006] And the six first-tier landing legs will now seem to unfold somewhat differently – unfolding from the bottom to the outside, much like the legs of Falcon 9, instead of sliding down.

There are also some cosmetic changes. The rocket's new livery looks more black and white, with fewer blue accents and a smaller version of Blue Origin's spring symbol.

New Glenn – after NASA astronaut John Glenn, who was named in February 1962, became the first American to orbit the Earth – will be an immense and powerful rocket. It will have a height of 95 m (313 feet) and be able to lift 50 tons (45 tons) to the low Earth orbit (LEO). The first stage should fly at least 25 times, said representatives of Blue Origin.

By comparison, SpaceX's 70-meter, two-stage Falcon Heavy rocket, which made its first flight in February 2018, can carry 70.3 tonnes (63.8 tonnes) of payload to LEO. (The first leg of the Falcon Heavys consists of three modified Falcon 9 cores, all destined to land and fly again.)

NASA is working on its own heavy-lift to bring astronauts to the moon, to bring Mars and others distant goals. This rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), will be the most powerful ever built, and has even more thrust than the famous Saturn V of the Apollo era, NASA officials said.

The SLS is scheduled to fly for the first time in June 2020, on a mission that will send an unshielded Orion capsule on a voyage around the moon.

Mike Walls book on the search for extraterrestrial life, "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, illustrated by Karl Tate) is now out. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com.


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