CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, left, debuts a launch vehicle on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott applauds during a press conference at launch complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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By Kate Samuelson
March 7, 2017

Jeff Bezos has revealed an image of the first fully-assembled rocket engine that he hopes will propel his space company Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket out of this world.

The Amazon (amzn) chief shared a photo of the futuristic-looking rocket engine on Twitter, captioning it: “1st BE-4 engine fully assembled. 2nd and 3rd following close behind. #GradatimFerociter.” He also shared an image of the rocket engine in its transport cradle.

According to Blue Origin’s website, the BE-4 rocket engine is fully funded and already more than four years into its development. “BE-4 is the only engine that can fly by 2019, meeting the congressionally mandated deadline to eliminate dependence on Russian-built engines,” the site explains. “The alternative engine option is multiple years behind and could not be integrated into a launch vehicle until at least 2021, extending our dependence on Russian engines well beyond 2019.”

In a white paper reportedly circulating among President Donald Trump’s transition team and NASA’s leadership earlier this month, Bezos wrote that he wants to deliver packages to the moon by mid-2020 in order to enable “future human settlement” on the lunar landscape.


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