Blue Origin recently announced that it has opened a new rocket engine production facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The company expects to add more than 300 jobs to the local economy with an investment of more than $200 million in the facility.
The manufacturing plant will produce the BE-4 and BE-3U engines, which then will undergo testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on the historic Test Stand 4670. BE-7, a lunar-landing engine, is also currently in testing at the center.
“At the core of every successful launch-vehicle program are the engines that power those vehicles to space,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin. “Early on in Blue Origin’s history, we made a crucial decision to invest in developing the next generation of reusable rocket engines. And now, it’s an exciting time for Blue, our partners and this country – we are on the path to deliver on our promise to end the reliance on Russian-made engines – and it’s all happening right here, right now, in the great state of Alabama.”
Headquartered in Kent, Washington, Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2000.
For more information, visit www.blueorigin.com.