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.”