On July 20, 2021, Blue Origin’s New Shepard program successfully launched into space and returned four commercial astronauts. It was New Shepard’s first human flight; and with more crewed flights planned for this year and 2022, commercial space travel is just beginning.
In August following this exciting achievement, we received a visit from representatives of Blue Origin at our San Diego Headquarters. For a few years now, we have been a quiet contributor to this commercial space effort.
As part of their visit, we were recognized as a key supplier to Blue Origin’s New Shepard program. Our team was presented with a certificate and flight patch to honor our contribution to the program. Also, our team received a banner we have since hung in one of our manufacturing bays. Many of our team have had experience in space programs over the years, but commercial space is a new and thrilling endeavor. We were all very proud to be recognized as a supplier to Blue Origin’s historic first human flight.
On another fun note, we received postcards for our families as part of Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, a non-profit organization that encourages younger generations to “pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.” We plan on sending our kids' postcards to space on future missions. Won’t you join us? Find out how!