Blue Origin selects Alabama for rocket engine production, ending Florida’s hopes

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    Blue Origin, the spaceflight company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said Monday it plans to open a rocket engine production facility in Alabama, ending Florida’s hopes of winning the work.

    The company selected Huntsville to build a 200,000-square-foot facility for manufacturing its BE-4 engines, bringing with it $200 million in investment and 342 new jobs, the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce said in a press release.

    The engine is slated to power Blue Origin’s orbital New Glenn rocket and could be the primary propulsion for United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan, both of which are still in development. The start of construction of the manufacturing facility in Huntsville, however, is dependent on ULA awarding the final contract.