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Why two engines on stage 2 of New Glenn if it's disposable?

In 2015-2016, the New Glenn design was expected to use a single BE-4 methane-LOX engine on the second stage (about 2400kN thrust), and a single BE-3 (the same as the suborbital New Shepard's single ...
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What do the banana values mean in this tweeted plot of heavy lift vehicle capabilities?

For most of the vehicles there seems to be a correlation between size and "banana number", which is not yet a SI-recognized unit of measure (And I really hope they don't decide to keep a ...
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What are the pods on stage 1 of Blue Origin's New Glenn?

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) (source)
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New Glenn Rocket Assembly: Horizontal or Vertical?

Blue Origin's manufacturing facility in Florida is already built and built horizontally for New Glenn: Also, their launch pad SLC-36 has what looks like a horizontal hangar (similar to what Space-X ...
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What do the banana values mean in this tweeted plot of heavy lift vehicle capabilities?

Since the banana-for-scale row isn't given separately for LEO, GTO, TLI, I think is is something which is mission / trajectory / orbit invariant. My guess it that it is volume (or equivalently number ...
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What are the pods on stage 1 of Blue Origin's New Glenn?

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 ...
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New Glenn/Shepard gimbal engine actuators: hydraulic or electric?

Partial answer: According to a parts supplier, New Shepard uses a hydraulic system. JASC designed and manufactured the Flight Control System Actuators and the engine Thrust Vector Control Actuators ...
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What rocket would Blue Origin go to Moon with?

The National Team proposal comprised three separate vehicles, a Transfer Element provided by Northrop Grumman, a Descent Element provided by Blue Origin, and an Ascent Element provided by Lockheed ...
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