Wanted: Rocket Scientists

Wanted: Rocket Scientists

On the morning of November 13, 2006, we launched and landed Goddard – a first development vehicle in the New Shepard program. The launch was both useful and fun. Many friends and family came to watch the launch and support the team. We’re working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight so that many people can afford to go and so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system.


For the record, this is a freaking rad rocket. I have a bit of an idea of how they have to keep that sucker level and track where it is in space and that’s not easy.

Even more exciting than making a white cone fly up and down is the news that Blue Origin wants you to keep the dream of spaceflight alive. They’re hiring.

For the folks inspired by a challenge, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Space is harder to muck about in. Your projects have to function a vacuum, extreme cold, and space grade parts are more expensive… your wires may not be any different than the stuff that you use in the atmosphere, but space grade supplies have to be tested and tested parts are bank. Everything has to be redundant so it can break in space and have a back up. There is no pit-stop in space. (Well unless we build one on the moon.) If this sounds like your cup of tea, give the Blue Origin Folks a shout. – Link

12 thoughts on “Wanted: Rocket Scientists

  1. aallan says:

    The most exciting thing about this is that Bezos’ has probably only released this footage so that he can recruit some new people with heavy lifter experience. He’s looking for people with experience with Delta IV or Atlas V, and those aren’t small vehicles. Blue Origin apparently isn’t in the sub-orbital business like Scaled Composites and Branson, no matter what Bezos is saying right now they’re playing a longer game and working towards an full blown single stage to orbit lifter.

  2. crawdad59 says:

    Interesting article. Hate to bust on you for English, but … “You’re projects” and “You’re cup of tea” in the same paragraph? Even this Physics major knows you’re using your homonyms incorrectly ;-)

  3. Bre says:

    Thanks Crawdad! Fixed.

  4. aplumb says:

    Yep, kinda like designing a Segway, only with rockets instead of wheels and a rather obvious, additional Z-axis to move along.

  5. mastershake916 says:

    What they need is someone who can do the countdown more evenly.

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