BIG LOSS! Blue Origin’s BE-4 is in HUGE PROBLEM and got CRUSHED by SpaceX & Elon Musk#STARSHIPFANS
BIG LOSS: The manager of Blue Origin’s rocket engine program has left the company
After more than five years of frustrating delays, Blue Origin, the space firm of Jeff Bezos, finally could near the critical point of delivering flight-ready BE-4 rocket engines to the United Launch Alliance.
However, at this crucial moment, surprisingly the manager of Blue Origin’s rocket engine program decided to leave.
So why? Isn’t he on the verge of glory after a half-decade of service to BE-4?
What is the current status of this engine? Is there any chance for BE- 4 to beat SpaceX Raptor 2?
Let’s find out:
Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith recently informed employees of the departure of John Vilja, the senior vice president of Blue Engines. In Smith’s email to employees, Vilja is said to be leaving Blue to pursue his “many” interests and hobbies outside of work.
“During his time at Blue, John led the team to support eight New Shepard missions powered by BE-3 PM engines, countless hot-fire tests, and made progress on multiple engines’ development programs,” Smith wrote. “He also built a world-class Engines team, recruiting some of the best talents in the business.”
Sources familiar with Vilja’s work confirmed that he was a good manager and engineer who helped get the BE-4 rocket engine program back on track.
Frankly, before Vilja’s arrival, it can’t be denied that the numerous challenges faced by the engineers and technicians working to build and test BE-4 development engines included being “hardware poor.”
During his tenure, Vilja hired Linda Cova to serve as his deputy. She will now lead, at least on an interim basis, the Engines team at Blue Origin. Cova came to the company in 2021 after working on various propulsion programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne for 35 years. Among her duties, she led the development of the AR1 engine, which lost out to the BE-4 engine in a competition held by United Launch Alliance for its new Vulcan rocket.
Regardless, this is definitely a big loss for B.O.
It was not immediately clear why Vilja left Blue Origin with the end of the BE-4 development program insight. However, this is not the only case.
Last summer, after Blue Origin successfully made a flight to the edge of orbit, making Jeff Bezos one of the first two billionaires to go to space, at least 17 key leaders and senior engineers have left Blue Origin.
So, have you ever wondered why a big company such as Blue Origin is losing many of its top talents more and more?
To be fair, these decisions of theirs just have been water drops.
Cited in employee reviews on job sites Glassdoor and Indeed, many workers were frustrated with executive management and a slow, bureaucratic structure.
BIG LOSS! Blue Origin’s BE-4 is in HUGE PROBLEM and got CRUSHED by SpaceX & Elon Musk
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