Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin partners with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to reduce dependence on Russian rockets

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Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company, has partnered with the United Launch Alliance to develop a new rocket engine called the BE-4, set to make its first flight in 2019. United Launch Alliance, or ULA, is a joint venture by defense contractor Lockheed Martin and aerospace company Boeing, which recently won one of two contracts to develop a spacecraft capable of shuttling astronauts to the ISS. ULA’s Atlas and Delta lines of rockets are used by both NASA and the US military, but it’s been criticized for using Russian-built rocket engines, especially after sanctions were declared earlier this year. ULA said this summer that it had signed contracts with “multiple American companies” to investigate the feasibility of…

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