Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Blue Origin plans growth spurt this year |

KENT, Wash. — Blue Origin plans to grow significantly over the next year as the company ramps up development of its BE-4 engine and an orbital launch vehicle, while continuing a series of test flights of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle.

In a first-of-its-kind media tour of the company’s headquarters here March 8, Blue Origin executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, said that the company’s multiple lines of work will lead it to hire several hundred people this year.

“We’re at 600 people now, and we’re going to be, over the next year, going above 1,000,” Bezos said. “A lot of the people that we’re hiring will be for BE-4 and for our orbital launch vehicle.” The total could approach 1,200 employees, he added, counting the company’s development of a manufacturing facility and launch site in Florida for its orbital launch vehicle.

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