Blue Origin Wins First NASA Contract for Mars Mission Written 10 February 2023


The New Glenn GS1 simulator outside the rocket manufacturing complex in Florida.. |  Credit: Blue Origin–©

Reuters reports that Blue Origin “was awarded its first interplanetary NASA contract on Thursday to launch a mission next year to study the magnetic field around Mars, the U.S. space agency and company said.” Plans call for Blue Origin’s “recently developed New Glenn heavy-lift rocket to blast off with NASA’s dual-spacecraft ESCAPADE mission in late 2024 from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, the agency said.” It will take “the identical twin ESCAPADEs, short for Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers, about 11 months to reach Mars orbit, where they will capture data from the planet’s magnetosphere and its interactions with solar radiation.” New Glenn, “with a reusable first stage designed to be flown on at least 25 missions, is named for pioneering NASA astronaut John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962.”
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