NASA deploys Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket as a launcher for future missions

The future of Blue Origin New Glenn rocket joins NASA’s fleet of commercial launch vehicles for flights in the mid-2020s, the group and the company announced this week.

The newly signed contract marks another extension to NASA’s launch vehicle stable. The group is already flying payloads on a Blue Origin suborbital vehicle, Fresh shepard, which has flown twelve times. New Glenn, an orbital surgeon, is designed to reuse its boosters, and the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos said he hopes the vehicle people fly as well as cargo.