“Blue Origin is building a road to space”

Clay Mowry, VP Global Sales, Blue Origin, will participate to this year’s edition of Space Forum: on September 15th, he will take the virtual stage and deliver an inspiring speech entitled “Building a Road to Space”.


What’s the main mission of Blue Origin? How do you plan to achieve it?

Blue Origin’s vision is to enable a future of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth. To achieve this, Blue Origin is building a road to space by lowering the cost of access to space with reusable launch vehicles that are safe, reliable, and affordable. Launches are simply too expensive today. We have to change the economics through reusability.


What makes Blue Origin unique? How would you describe the company’s values and DNA?

We are guided by our motto, Gradatim Ferociter, or "step by step, ferociously." We’re not in a race and believe in our steady approach and laser focus on safety.


What are the milestones already achieved by Blue Origin?

The Blue Origin-led National Team, which comprises Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, was selected by NASA in April 2020 to begin developing the Artemis Human Landing System. Blue Origin is the prime contractor for the National Team and we’re building upon our experience in developing the Blue Moon cargo lander to return to the Moon—this time to stay.

We’ve been working on Blue Moon and its BE-7 engine, both of which were revealed in May 2019, for several years. The BE-7 engine started hotfiring in 2019 and recently concluded a series of tests at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in partnership with NASA. In total, BE-7 has accrued more than 13 minutes of total test time (more than 780 seconds) on multiple test articles with the most for any single test article being up to 3-minutes of continuous test time.

Additionally, we’re on our way to demonstrating New Shepard’s readiness for human space flight. New Shepard has completed 12 successful consecutive launches, 11 consecutive successful booster landings, three successful escape tests, and 13 consecutive successful crew capsule landings. One of the New Shepard boosters has flown five times consecutively, and the other has flown a record six times consecutively, both with minimal refurbishment between flights. New Shepard has launched several successful missions with commercial payloads, and its most recent launch took the 100th commercial customer to space.


What about your ambitions and future projects for the months/years to come?

To preserve Earth and enable millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth, the next logical step in this path is a return to the Moon. To accomplish this, we need reusable access to the lunar surface and its resources.

Returning to the Moon with NASA is the next major milestone in the history of human space flight. Our National Team brings unparalleled heritage, passion and innovation to enable Americans to return to the lunar surface and inspire future generations. Our National Team has been working together for more than a year to mature the design, as well as working with NASA on standards and moving out on technical demonstrations.  

One of our biggest—and most humbling—ambitions is inspiring K-12 youth to pursue careers in STEM and visualize the future of life in space to benefit Earth through Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s nonprofit. As our founder said when he announced the Club in May 2019, “We believe it’s this generation's job to build the road to space so future generations can unleash their creativity.” It’s a multi-generational vision and step one starts with what we’re doing today—building a road to space through reusable rockets.


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