Blue Origin’s orbital rocket, New Glenn, is set for liftoff in 2020.
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Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is racing to pull his private space company out of startup mode and move into production amid signals that his firm's heavy rocket set for liftoff in 2020 may slip behind schedule, according to people familiar with the project. Blue Origin has added hundreds of engineers over the past three years and continues to ramp up in an expansion that one employee described as "hyperbolic". Blue Origin executives have stated publicly that test flights will begin within two years.But whether Blue Origin can hit that mark remains to be seen.Blue Origin has privately acknowledged in conversations with French satellite firm Eutelsat SA – its first New Glenn customer – that its 2020 time frame is "very aggressive," a person with direct knowledge of talks between the companies said.18 years after its founding, Blue Origin has found itself lagging a competitor closer to home: SpaceX.
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