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Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin test fires game-changing rocket engine

• by Jackie Wattles

The commercial space outfit, headed by Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos, took to Twitter to announced the BE-4 engine survived its first test fire.

The rocket engine has been under development for more than six years, and a successful test fire confirms the engine is on track to become operational within the first couple years of the 2020s.

The BE-4 is a big deal for Blue Origin, which plans to use it to power its New Glenn rocket -- a massive machine that will be capable of sending satellites into orbit and competing with Elon Musk's SpaceX and United Launch Alliance for launch contracts.

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