Disaster! What Exactly Went Wrong With Blue Origin BE-4 Rocket Engine?

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Vital News! Why Blue Origin Lead Rocket Engine Engineer Leave Blue Origin.

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As Blue Origin nears the critical point of delivering flight-ready BE-4 rocket engines to United Launch Alliance, the engineer in charge of the company’s rocket engine program has decided to leave.

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, obtained by Ars, 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-3PM 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 talent in the business.”

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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. As Ars reported last August, before Vilja’s arrival, 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.

The be4 engine gone through almost a decade of failure, this was their first engine to combust liquid oxygen, and liquefied natural gas propellants.
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17 comments
  1. All blue origin has is thier roller coaster rocket for the rich and nothing else; they are no competition to space X or any other private rocket company so stop treating them like they are.

  2. If Bezos doesn’t get goin on those be-4’s soon he’ll lose everything. It’s really concerning he’s not transparent about why the engines are not ready. I think ULA more than deserves an explanation or atleast a better due date. There’s no shame In Asking for help especially when designing a rocket engine. Foolish pride in this case can be the demise of blue origin.

  3. The way this channel keeps up on info they will be talking about the moon landing while spacex is landing on mars.

  4. Jeff ran Amazon with cost tolerances tighter than any seller – ever. Threatening suppliers and shippers while cutting worker pay below minimum by manipulating work hours. It all paid off for Amazon Customers and Jeff. BUT, an exploratory EXPERIMENTAL all new space venture NEEDS MONEY. It can't be run like Amazon. The proof is in suppliers refusing deliveries and development teams strapped with BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, plus senior staff quitting. Jeff – spend or die. Oopsie – looks like you picked NO MORE SPENDING.

  5. Blue Origin tried to make a Rocket Perfect at Launch so it will not fail ..you can only get perfection with failure

  6. When will ULA give up on BO and find another engine supplier? If I was running ULA, I would have kept the BE4 contract but reached out to other potential suppliers at the end of 2020 and no later.

  7. er the plural of spacecraft is spacecraft (not spacecrafts as per above video)

  8. Re-release. This video came out awhile ago. Get rid of the computerized narrator and use a person, it would be far more enjoyable

  9. "SpaceX and Blue Origin have been competing together" it looks like BE forgot to show up on game day.

  10. Apreciando a una mujer tan hermosa. 2:1 sentadillas son unos SEXBABY.Uno muchas y un buen ejercicio. 5:25 Se deja ver que hay muy buenos resultados 😍👍 Saludos desde la Cd.. de world losl mortales abian apreciado tan hermosa mujer

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