Watch: Is Bezos’ Blue Origin really turning out to be a complete failure or a winner?
Just last month, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officially selected SpaceX for the $2.9 billion Human Landing System (HLS) beating out Bezos’ Blue and Dynetics. It was just the latest in strings of defeats recorded by Jeff Bezos’ space company.
On December 31, The U.S. Space Force announced it has officially terminated launch technology partnerships signed in October 2018 with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. According to public records, from October 2018 through December 2020, Blue Origin was paid $255.5 million and Northrop Grumman got $531.7 million.
Blue Origin has been chasing after human spaceflight as a leisure activity using its New Shepard, a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing, crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle being developed as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. New Shepard was supposed to have its first crewed flight in 2019 but that never happened. The flight also didn’t happen in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company had to postpone most of its launch activities. Even 2021 is looking doubtful for the crewed flight planned for the rocket.
But that does not mean Blue Origin didn’t have some success. The company is on record to have successfully landed its New Shepard rocket vertically after it returned from space, that is, the rocket landed upright on its legs. The boosters were even reused. Sadly, that’s all Blue Origin can boast of.
In the video below, Tech Space takes a look at Blue Origin’s track record and discusses the lows of the space exploration company to see if it’s deserved to be called a winner. The video also explores the company’s achievements since its inception in 2010 and asked the question: Is Blue Origin really a complete failure? Watch the video and form your own opinion.