Blue Origin opens at the Highlands Ranch in Colorado | New

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos, opened an expansion office in Highlands Ranch on Friday.

The Colorado operation would be involved in all of Blur Origin’s ventures, including the New Shepard rocket that has already carried 31 people into space in the past year, said Laura Maginnis, the company’s vice president. and Denver Area Site Manager.

On hand to celebrate the opening were Colorado’s public policy leaders, who expressed their pride in the new Aerospace arrival.

“I think this (opening) shows what we can offer,” Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas told The Denver Gazette, adding that she viewed Douglas County’s average education level as a major attraction for Blue Origin.

Blue Origin released two actual astronauts for the event at the Lucent Campus in Highlands Ranch: Mike Good, who has flown two NASA missions on the Space Shuttle and is now Director of Crew Integration for Blue Origin, and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of first astronaut Alan Shepard, who completed a ten-minute New Shepard flight into space last December.

Earlier this month, the future of New Shepard flights suffered a setback when an uncrewed cargo version of the rocket suffered an explosive event 65 seconds after launch, forcing the emergency evacuation rocket from the capsule to pull it away from the thruster. The capsule landed on its usual parachutes, but the booster was destroyed and the FAA grounded the craft pending an investigation.

Good said he could not comment on the causes of the crash, or even whether it was a failure of the New Shepard BE-3 engine.

“I trust the investigation team, they are working through the process,” he said, adding that he expects a solution to emerge.

The next rocket on Blue Origin’s agenda is the New Glenn, a larger ship being readied for testing that would carry payloads to low Earth orbit. It has an upper stage engine similar to the BE-3, Good confirmed.

Churchley loved her flight on New Shepard, including the three-G acceleration after takeoff.

“It reminded me of when I used to drive around with Dad in his Corvette and he would put it on the ground,” she said.

Blue Origin’s Maginnis said the arrival marks a new chapter in Denver’s history as an aerospace hub, dating back to the mid-1950s when Martin Marietta began developing the Titan rocket at its Waterton Canyon factory, later to power NASA’s Gemini missions.

Maginnis introduced her mother and father, noting that her father spent his career with Martin and other space companies and that as a daughter he gave her the chance to see photos of the Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn. .

“She saw them and that was the trigger,” Jim Maginnis told The Denver Gazette.

Joan Maginnis said after the girl became interested in rocketry, the couple sent her to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

“It’s a real source of pride for us,” added Jim Maginnis, highlighting their daughter’s role at Blue Origin.

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