Blue Origin vs. Virgin Galactic: How Do They Stack Up?

Today, we’ll take a look at two of them side by side–Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. Founded in 2000 and 2004 respectively, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have entered the space race along with Elon Musk.

Blue Origin

Established: 2000 Founder: Jeff Bezos Headquarters: Kent, Washington Employees: 6,000 Revenue: N/A Key People: Jeff Bezos, Bob Smith

Virgin Galactic

Established: 2004 Founder: Richard Branson Headquarters: Mojave, California Employees: 823 Revenue: $238,000 (2020) Key People: Richard Branson, Michael Colglazier, Doug Ahrens

Blue Origin Technology

Blue Origin’s New Shepard makes a vertical launch powered by the BE-3 (Blue Engine 3) rocket engine. After separation from the crew capsule in zero-G, the booster returns to Earth to be reused.

Virgin Galactic Technology

Virgin Galactic, on the other hand, uses a twin-fuselage jet that takes off like a normal airplane. The rocket-powered spaceplane VSS Unity is carried under its wing.

Blue Origin vs. Virgin Galactic: Must-Know Facts

– Blue Origin has a focus on humans living and working in space in the future, whereas Virgin Galactic’s goals are space tourism-oriented. – Virgin Galactic uses the 80-kilometer altitude as the “edge” of space, recognized by the U.S.

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