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Jeff Bezos Announces Florida Launches for Blue Origin

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Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, announces his company's plans to launch spaceships and rockets from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Launch Complex 36 on Sept. 15, 2015.

Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin

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Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will move to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, during a media event on Sept. 15, 2015.

Blue Origin Event at KSC

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Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin speaks at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Sept. 15, 2015.

Bezos Unveils New Rocket Design

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On Sept. 15, 2015, during a media event, Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin unveiled an illustration of the company's proposed rocket to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Blue Origin Double Rainbow

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Blue Origin tweeted this photo of a double rainbow seen at its west Texas launch site on April 30, 2015.

New Shepard Launch

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The New Shepard space vehicle launches on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site. The crew capsule reached apogee at 307,000 feet (93,600 m.) before descending back to Earth. Image released April 29, 2015. [Read full story.]

New Shepard Crew Capsule Ascending

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The New Shepard crew capsule has separated from the propulsion module and continues ascending to 307,000 feet (93,600 m.) before returning to Earth, landing with the aid of parachutes. Image released April 29, 2015. [Read full story.]

New Shepard Crew Capsule Descent

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After separating cleanly from the propulsion module, the New Shepard crew capsule descends to a gentle landing in the west Texas desert. Image released April 29, 2015. [Read full story.]

Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine

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Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled American rocket engine at the company's West Texas facility. Blue Origin's Orbital Launch Vehicle will use the BE-3 engine to propel the company's Space Vehicle into orbit. [See video of the rocket engine test here]

Blue Origin Test Fires Rocket Engine

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Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled American rocket engine at the company's West Texas facility. [See video of the rocket engine test here]

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