Blue Origin Can’t Realize Its Mission to Take People to Space This Year

Blue Origin Can’t Realize Its Mission to Take People to Space This Year

Blue Origin is not going to launch this year as Smith said “Is it likely? Probably not, because 2019 is rapidly coming to a close”. Smith said Wednesday (October 2) at Disrupt SF 2019, a conference in San Francisco organized by the website TechCrunch.

Blue Origin, LLC is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company headquartered in Kent, Washington. Founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, the company is led by CEO Bob Smith. Blue Origin is employing an incremental approach from suborbital to orbital flight, with each developmental step building on its prior work.

The company had planned to launch its mission this year at the end of 2019 but probability of starting is low, as said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith.

Blue Origin is going to launch at least two more uncrewed New Shepard test missions before putting someone aboard, Smith told TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington, who joined him on stage.

“If those flights go really well, then we may be able to actually get people up relatively soon,” Smith said. “If not, we’re just going to methodically go through that and make sure that we’re only going to fly when we’re safe.”

“Honestly, we’re in the position where we’ve actually tapped the brakes a little bit,” Smith said. “When you go into a safety-critical environment, getting functional readiness is different from verifying something. And so, verifying that you actually have something that’s safe and ready to go is where we are. We’re just going through all of our systems and making sure that we actually have all those systems right.”

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