The FAA recently approved Blue Origin’s application to expand operations at its West Texas test site “to include new development vehicles, which would use liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants.”
The supplemental environmental assessment was required because of a shift in propellants used in flight tests. The FAA conducted an earlier review in 2006 when it originally approved the testing of reusable propulsion modules and crew capsules (CCs) at the site.
The Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Blue Origin
West Texas Launch Site is a fascinating in that it provides an insight into the vehicles and test operations of the notoriously secretive company.
What follows are excerpts from the report outlining key elements of the company’s future test plans.