Blue Origin to test lunar lander engine at US Air Force lab

Blue Origin and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced that the two organizations will test the engines used by the Blue Moon lunar lander at one of the Air Force Laboratory’s sites, according tomedia reports. AFRL and Blue Origin signed a 15-year cooperative research and development agreement on December 11 last year to test Blue Origin’s BE-7 engines at the AFRL Rocket Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Blue Origin to test lunar lander engine at US Air Force lab

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The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but AFRL said blue Origin would provide “capital improvement” funding for the test sites it used.

The agreement with Blue Origin is the second agreement between AFRL and a similar partner. On January 9th AFRL announced that it had signed an agreement with ABL Space Systems, a small launch vehicle starting company, in July last year, which also includes the development and testing of rocket propulsion systems.