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Raptor and BE4SpaceX and Blue Origin have been competing with each other for many space crafts and commercial contracts. We have also talked about their rivalry many times but today is all about their engines that fire up the massive rockets both the companies are developing. SpaceX, the leading space company has made many rocket engines since its launch in 2002. A few months ago, SpaceX completed its 100th Raptor Engine. This extraordinary milestone was achieved in just 29 months. Blue Origin’s rocket engines game started work on the BE-4 in 2011. Importantly, they said the “BE-4 would be ‘ready for flight’ by 2017″, but at this moment Blue Origin’s powerful BE-4 engine is more than four years late. The first flight test of the new engine is now expected no earlier than 2022 on the Vulcan rocket. This is a big problem and we need to talk about that.
So, How did Blue Origin’s BE-4 turn into a joke whereas SpaceX’s Raptor is the leading example?
Let’s find out:
Firstly, how has BE-4 gone through almost a decade of failure?
This was their first engine to combust liquid oxygen and liquified natural gas propellants. It was initially planned for the engine to be used exclusively on a Blue Origin proprietary launch vehicle New Glenn, the company’s first orbital rocket. However, it was announced in 2014 that the engine would also be used on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle, the successor to the Atlas V launch vehicle. This was labeled “a stunner” choice. The company planned to begin full-scale engine testing in late 2016 and expected to complete the development of the engine in 2017.However, the first engine was not fully assembled until March 2017. Also, in March, United Launch Alliance indicated that the economic risk of the Blue Origin engine selection option had been retired, but that the technical risk on the project would remain until a series of engine firing tests were completed later in 2017. A test anomaly occurred on 13 May 2017 and Blue Origin reported that they lost a set of powerpack hardware.
SpaceX’s Raptor Engines completely HUMILIATED Blue Origin BE-4 Engines!!
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