Rendering of Blue Origin's New Glenn orbital launch vehicle in flight
Orbital Spaceflight

New Glenn

Our next (really) big step - an orbital reusable launch vehicle that will build the road to space.

ORBITAL SPACEFLIGHT

Meet New Glenn

Named after pioneering astronaut John Glenn, New Glenn is a single configuration heavy-lift launch vehicle capable of carrying people and payloads routinely to Earth orbit and beyond. Featuring a reusable first stage built for 25 missions, New Glenn will build a road to space.

REUSABILITY

Decreased Costs, Increased Access

New Glenn's fully reusable first stage is designed for a minimum of 25 flights, making it competitive for a variety of launch markets. Civil, commercial and national security customers can all find solutions in New Glenn's high-performance configuration.

RELIABLE AND FREQUENT ACCESS TO SPACE

High Availability Launch Capabilities

New Glenn is a reliable, cost-competitive system with high availability. The 7-meter fairing has two times the payload volume of any existing launch vehicle, which means more room for satellites and the freedom to build in more capacity. New Glenn is also able to launch and land in 95% of weather conditions, making it a reliable option for payload customers.

FLIGHT PROFILE

A New Glenn Flight

New Glenn lifts off from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral. Following stage separation, the first stage flies back to Earth and lands nearly 1,000 km downrange on a platform. The second stage engines ignite and the 7-meter fairing separates. The mission is complete when the payload is delivered safely to orbit.

ROCKET COMPARISON

It’s a Big Rocket

New Glenn’s 7-meter fairing has 2x the usable volume of any existing launch vehicle.

45 MT

Low Earth Orbit

13 MT

Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Orbital Launch Vehicle size comparison.
OPERATIONALLY REUSABLE

Fly Again and Again

New Glenn, our orbital launch vehicle, is designed for operational reusability from the beginning. BE-4, the world’s most powerful liquid oxygen / liquefied natural gas engine, will enable New Glenn to launch payloads over 13 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit and 45 metric tons to low Earth orbit.

Rendering of the New Glenn launch vehicle.
ENGINES

7 BE-4 Engines

With seven reusable and throttleable BE-4 LOX/LNG engines, the first stage generates 17,100 kN (3.85 million lbf) thrust at sea level.

Rendering of the aft section of New Glenn showing the 7 BE-4 engines.
FACTS AND FIGURES

Fully Reusable First Stage

Designed for 25 flights

Industry-Leading

Reliable and low-cost system with high availability

Leverages Unprecedented Private Investment

$2.5 billion invested in New Glenn to date

Single Configuration for All Missions

Civil, Commercial and National Security customers

2x Payload Volume of any Existing Launch Vehicle

More volume means more satellites and the freedom to design in more capability

High-Reliability All-Liquid Propulsion

First stage powered by seven BE-4 LNG/LOX engines, upper stage powered by two BE-3U LH2/LOX engines

95% Weather Availability

Launch in nearly all weather conditions and sea-states

Blue Origin's Orbital Launch Site Manufacturing Complex in Florida.
ROCKET FACTORY

A 21st Century Launch and Manufacturing Center

Blue Origin has built a 180,000 m2 (650,000 ft2) complex to manufacture, integrate and operate New Glenn on Florida’s Space Coast. Rocket stages, payload fairings and adapters will be built and integrated in Florida only 9 miles from the launch pad. The complex is also home to our launch and mission control centers.

Conceptual rendering of Blue Origin's Florida launch site, LC-36.
LC-36

New Glenn Will Liftoff From LC-36

New Glenn will liftoff from LC-36 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This historic site hosted over 140 Atlas II/III rocket launches including the Mariner, Pioneer and Surveyor missions. The rebuilt complex will also be home to New Glenn’s payload integration and first stage refurbishment centers.

Representative image of a person looking into space from Earth.
PAYLOADS

Fly a Payload on New Glenn

Contact us below to see how New Glenn's single configuration and massive volume can meet your needs.