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Secretive Blue Origin Reveals New Details of Spacecraft Plans

Steve Knowles, Blue Origin project manager (left) points out details of Blue Origin's BE-3 engine thrust chamber assembly to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. The rocket gear is set for May testing on the E-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space

Group's spacecraft details revealed

The curtain of secrecy is being raised by Blue Origin, a private entrepreneurial space group designing both suborbital and orbital vehicles. Backed by Amazon.com mogul Jeff Bezos, the Kent, Wash.-based Blue Origin group has completed wind tunnel testing of its next-generation craft, simply called the "Space Vehicle."