One of the BE-4 modules destroyed during test fire at Blue Origin facility in Texas

Module containing high efficient turbo pumps installed in BE-4 engine was subject of failure during last test fire of this engine performed at Van Horn test facility belonging to Blue Origin – manufacturer and designer of BE-4.

Blue Origin offers BE-4 as main engine for United Launch Alliance future Vulcan rocket and also is planning o use it as main propulsion for the first stage of their New Glenn heavy rocket. New Glenn is independent project developed by Blue Origin with announced maiden flight in 2020 and is considered as second after Falcon-9 already offered by SpaceX reusable rocket on the market.

History of BE-4 started in 2011; engine will be fueled with LOX/liquid methane propellant and operating in single-shaft oxygen-rich staged combustion cycle. With potential thrust at 2400 kN it

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