BE-4 Engine Will Support U.S. Space Forceâ€™s National Security Space Launch Program
Today, Blue Origin issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Space Forceâ€™s National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP) announcement:
â€œWe are disappointed in the decision that New Glenn was not selected for the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP). We submitted an incredibly compelling offer for the national security community and the U.S. taxpayer. Blue Originâ€™s offer was based on New Glennâ€™s heavy-lift performance, unprecedented private investment of more than $2.5 billion, and a very competitive single basic launch service price for any mission across the entire ordering period. We are proceeding with New Glenn development to fulfill our current commercial contracts, pursue a large and growing commercial market, and enter into new civil space launch contracts. We remain confident New Glenn will play a critical role for the national security community in the future due to the increasing realization that space is a contested domain and a robust, responsive, and resilient launch capability is ever more vital to U.S security.
Blue Origin is very proud that our BE-4 engine will power United Launch Allianceâ€™s Vulcan launch vehicle in support of the Space Forceâ€™s NSSL program and end reliance on Russian-built engines. The BE-4 is the most powerful liquefied natural gas-fueled rocket engine ever developed and the first oxygen-rich staged combustion engine made in the U.S. We look forward to supporting ULAâ€™s long-standing role in launching national security payloads.â€
- Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin