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See Jeff Bezos Unveil Blue Origin's New Rocket Engine (Video)

Blue Origin BE-4 Engine Model
A model of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine is seen on display, Sept. 17, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. (Image credit: United Launch Alliance Instagram)

The secretive private spaceflight company Blue Origin and the launch provider United Launch Alliance announced Wednesday (Sept. 17) that they're teaming up on a new rocket engine venture. Today, you can watch the joint news conference about the partnership online.

The 29-minute video shows Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Blue Origin and, and Tory Bruno, president and CEO of ULA, announcing that the two companies are joining forces to develop Blue Origin's BE-4 liquid rocket engine for use on ULA's next generation of launchers. At the moment, ULA uses Russian-built RD-180 engines to power its Atlas 5 rockets, but in the future, they hope to use the American-made BE-4 engines to get satellites and other payloads to space. Watch the full video below:

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Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.