Blue Origin Overview Updated June 27, 2021

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February 2020 - July 2021

Created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in September 2000, Blue Origin is a launch company with a number of rockets and engines in its portfolio. Blue Origin is behind New Shepard and New Glenn rockets, its Blue Moon lunar lander, and multiple Blue Origin-designed rocket engines for its own hardware as well as customer vehicles.

Company plans include space flight missions for passengers, payloads, and partners. Blue Origin also backs the Club for the Future, a foundation created in 2019 “to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.”

Blue Origin Stories Today

This week, the focus has been on Blue Origin. On Tuesday, they completed the first crewed flight of New Shepard, flying the oldest and youngest person to ever visit space.

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Blue Origin Stories July 22

Update: Skittles will not be selling these in stores but rather giving a select few away on their social media platforms.


Along with the fancy watches, sapphire dotted wings, and national media attention, the crew of Blue Origin’s NS-16 flight also carried some Skittles with them to space. Now the company will give away a number of limited-edition Skittles Zero-G pack of the candies on their social media channels.

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Blue Origin Stories July 20

It has been over a month since Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced he was flying to space. After decades of development, and many test flights of the New Shepard rocket, the day finally arrived.

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This morning Blue Origin is planning their first crewed flight of their suborbital New Shepard rocket. The crew will be Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, legendary aviator Wally Funk, and early ticket holder Oliver Daemen.

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Blue Origin Stories July 15

Update: Blue Origin spoke with CNBC about the reasoning for Daemen’s selection.


Blue Origin announced today that the fourth member of the NS-16 crew will be an 18-year-old from the Netherlands who bought a ticket on the New Shepard rocket.

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Blue Origin Stories July 14

Today was a great day for Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin. Bezos is making a $200 million dollar donation to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, while the charity Club for the Future is making 19 $1 million grants to space-related organizations.

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Blue Origin Stories July 13

On July 20th Blue Origin will attempt to launch their founder and a group of explorers to the edge of space with their first crewed mission. Blue shared details on where and when to watch the flight, but the public will be pushed far away.

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Blue Origin Stories July 9

With the upcoming flight of Richard Branson on Unity22 this weekend it’s easy to say there’s probably some tension between Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. But instead of raising to the occasion and celebrating the strives of their industry, Blue Origin throws a low blow and trashes Galactic on a technicality.

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Blue Origin Stories July 1

Today Jeff Bezos announced that Blue Origin has picked Wally Funk to join the crew that will fly on New Shepard’s first crewed flight. The legendary aviator, now 84 years old, has done everything except finally receive her chance to fly to space.

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Blue Origin Stories June 30

So this happened today. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to a Vulcan rocket teaser video from ULA CEO Tory Bruno with a slightly provocative “when do the engines arrive” response. Without mentioning Blue Origin, the taunt is mostly targeted at Jeff Bezos’ rocket company.

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