The shuttle's successors

Of the four companies picked by Nasa to receive funding to develop a replacement for the shuttle, perhaps the least is known about Blue Origin and its space vehicle. The crew capsule, shown below, is designed to be launched on an Atlas V rocket and ultimately Blue Origin's own Reusable Booster System.

Diagram showing details of Blue Origin

"We are committed to developing safe and affordable commercial human space flight"

Rob Meyerson, Blue Origin

Blue Origin

  • Unknown launch date
  • Atlas V launch vehicle
  • 7 total crew capacity
  • $25.7m Nasa funding so far
  • Lands vertically

Blue Origin was founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos in 2000. Work already completed under the company's New Shepard programme includes test flights of a sub-orbital vehicle as far back as 2006. Designed to be reusable, the Goddard vehicle, pictured below, took off and landed vertically.

Blue Origin

*Total funding given in round two of Nasa's Commercial Crew Development programme (CCDev).

More on This Story

Space shuttle

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Science & Environment stories

RSS

Features

  • June plays with a pelicanDad's menagerie

    An extraordinary childhood growing up in a zoo


  • US soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), manning a machine gun onboard a Chinook helicopter over the Gardez district of Paktia province on 11 August 2014Viewpoint

    Nato's role in making the Afghan army sustainable


  • Architect's drawing of bedroomDeep dreams

    The homes where you can live under the sea


  • A snailHard to stomach?

    The IT worker who quit his job to farm snails for restaurants


  • An assortment of secret menu itemsMcSecret

    The fast food items you've never heard of


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.