- Parabolic Arc
- November 29, 2023
Blue Origin Completes the Delivery of Flight Engines to ULA for Vulcan’s Initial Launch
Blue Origin has delivered a set of BE-4 engines for the maiden launch of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) new Vulcan Centaur booster next year. The engines were delivered to ULA’s manufacturing facility in Decatur, Ala., after final acceptance testing.
“We are very pleased to receive the first two engines for Vulcan’s inaugural flight,” said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. “Development of this new engine is complete, and the performance of the engine is outstanding. It has been a great team effort working together with our partners at Blue Origin and we can’t wait to see Vulcan fly.”
Each Blue Origin’s liquid oxygen/methane BE-4 engines provides 550,000 pounds of thrust. The engines are manufactured in Kent, Wash., and Huntsville, Ala. They are tested in West Texas and at the historic 4670 Test Stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
“We’re excited to see ULA’s Vulcan fly,” said Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin. “The BE-4 is a great engine, and we’re proud of Team Blue for achieving this milestone as part of ULA’s team. It’s been a wonderful partnership, and this shipset is the first of many more to come.”
The Vulcan Centaur will be able to launch as much as 27.2 metric tons into low Earth orbit. The booster is designed to replace the Delta IV Heavy and Atlas V rockets that ULA currently launches.