Blue Origin, the space tourism and rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, is undergoing a leadership change as it prepares for its next phase of growth. The company has announced that Bob Smith, its current CEO, will be stepping down and making way for Dave Limp, a senior vice president at Amazon.
Limp, who has an impressive background in the high-tech industry, was praised by Blue Origin for his proven innovation and customer-first mindset. With his experience in growing complex organizations, he is well-equipped to lead the company into the future.
Under Smith’s leadership, Blue Origin has transformed from a research and development-focused company into a major player in the space industry. With nearly $10 billion in customer orders and a workforce of over 10,000 employees, the company has made significant strides in its mission to make space accessible to all.
The transition of leadership will take place over the next couple of months. Limp will officially start his new role on December 4, while Smith will assist with the transition until January 2. This will ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities and knowledge.
Blue Origin has been working on the development of the New Shepard spacecraft, which aims to take paying customers and scientific experiments to the edge of space. However, the company faced a setback in its most recent mission in September 2022, which ended in failure. Despite this, Blue Origin remains committed to improving its technology and continuing its progress in space exploration.
In addition to the New Shepard spacecraft, Blue Origin is also focusing on the development of the New Glenn heavy-lift rocket. This ambitious project aims to compete with SpaceX for satellite launch contracts. The BE-4 engines created for New Glenn will also be used in the Vulcan rocket, a joint venture between Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance.
Blue Origin recently achieved a major milestone by winning a $3.5 billion contract from NASA for its Artemis moon exploration program. This contract will not only contribute to the company’s revenue, but also solidify its position as a key player in the space industry.
With the leadership change and ongoing projects, Blue Origin is poised for further growth and innovation. As the company continues to push boundaries and expand its reach into space, it will be interesting to see what it has in store for the future.