At the 68th Annual International Astronautical Congress, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, recently hit a milestone. It has worked together with mu Space, a connectivity company that is based in Thailand, to launch a satellite together with the New Glenn rocket.
Mu Space is a relatively new company, established in August 2017, and they plan to provide reliable satellite broadband and mobile for businesses in Thailand. However, it has their own interest in space travel. Its “Everyone Project” is a project to make space tourism a reality in Asia, though there is limited information about it on the website of the company.
Compared to SpaceX, the company’s rival, the progress of Blue Origin might appear slow, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes. After all, Blue Origin has not had a NASA contract to help speed their development. Additionally, its sights had earlier been set squarely on crewed launches; by early 2018, it aims to fly astronauts on their New Shepard launch vehicle. It has also been producing rocket parts for other companies.
Bezos revealed that Blue Origin would be developing another rocket of its own last year. New Glenn is its launch vehicle that is presently under development, and it dwarfs SpaceX’s delayed Falcon Heavy in both its two-stage and three-stage models. The company prepares to launch before 2020, and mu Space aims to place its satellite into geostationary orbit by 2021.