I noticed New Glenn has two pods near the bottom of its first stage. Falcon 9 has four pods in the same area, and those are legs. But New Glenn's pods protrude more and they almost look like fins, at least in some renderings. Curious: Are the pods landing legs, fins, or something else?

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New Shepard has similar pods at the bottom. In that vehicle they are steering fins. You can see them moving in pre-launch checks done in a test launch here. So the pods on New Glenn are probably steering fins as well.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you clarify what that image is? A photograph of an actual rocket or a drawing of an imagined design? $\endgroup$ May 6 at 12:12
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    $\begingroup$ You caught it before I caught it. All edited out :) $\endgroup$
    – user39728
    May 6 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ I must be too bored at work haha ;) $\endgroup$ May 6 at 17:04

Based on other promotional images of New Glenn that show it from different angles, they would appear to be fins:

(Note how the edge appears to be sharp, suggesting a thin shape)


Image source: https://www.blueorigin.com/assets/photos/new-glenn/blueorigin_newglenn_ascent_web.jpg


They are "strakes" aka fins.

Large aerodynamic strakes on the aft end of the tanks give the returning first stage enhanced cross-range during descent and reentry.

Source: New Glenn Payload User's Guide page 16


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