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The new rocket from Jeff Bezos' space company has its first customer

The new rocket from Jeff Bezos' space company has its first customer

French satellite operator Eutelsat will be the first commercial customer for Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Eutelsat said it will launch a satellite on the rocket sometime in 2021 or 2022. New Glenn, it said, is still being developed and is expected to start flying in 2020.

Blue Origin — a space firm based in Kent, Wash., owned by Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos — began to approach customers a few months ago, Bezos said Tuesday in a keynote speech at the Satellite 2017 conference in Washington, D.C.

“It’s really a great partnership,” he said of the contract with Eutelsat. “The whole thing is very exciting.”

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