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(MSN)   Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine completes first hot-fire test. And yes, they really did name the engine "BE-4". This is what happens when the suits let the nerds name things   ( msn.com) divider line
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2017-10-21 08:44:15 AM  
I think the suits were nice and took a very BE-9 approach to this.
 
2017-10-21 08:55:46 AM  
It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".
 
2017-10-21 09:22:59 AM  

PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".


Or "Rockety McRocketyface 4.0."
but not by muchity much.
 
2017-10-21 09:25:41 AM  
It's probably called BFE-4 but marketing made them tone it down.
 
2017-10-21 09:43:57 AM  

Barfmaker: It's probably called BFE-4 but marketing made them tone it down.


SpaceX beat them to it.

Elon Musk@elonmusk
BFR will take you anywhere on Earth in less than 60 mins
 
2017-10-21 12:01:06 PM  

PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".


That's what my wife calls me.
 
2017-10-21 12:18:22 PM  

grokca: PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".

That's what my wife calls me.


Did she eat Big Engines 1 through 3?
 
2017-10-21 12:43:47 PM  
A geek owns the company.  He can name the rocket any damn thing he wants.
 
2017-10-21 12:51:45 PM  

GardenWeasel: Barfmaker: It's probably called BFE-4 but marketing made them tone it down.

SpaceX beat them to it.

Elon Musk✔@elonmusk
BFR will take you anywhere on Earth in less than 60 mins


Considering I've heard other references to beefers, I'm surprised the Germans came up with a new type of gas oven. They've had a mixed history on that front.

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2017-10-21 01:02:48 PM  
The nerds and the suits were the same person back then.
 
2017-10-21 01:04:23 PM  
This happies me.
 
2017-10-21 01:13:41 PM  

gingerjet: A geek owns the company.  He can name the rocket any damn thing he wants.


Bezos isn't a geek. He is a New York finance guy.

Having said that, this is one area where the invisible hand of the market may do us a lot of good, and get us some heavy lift capability again.
 
2017-10-21 01:31:39 PM  

grokca: PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".

That's what my wife calls me.


Big Engines #1-3 were dildos. She had to try them out beforehand just to get close to ignition.
 
2017-10-21 01:39:30 PM  
I would have called it BFF-4 and hugged it forever.

And never have to wait in line at the smorgasborg.
 
2017-10-21 02:09:33 PM  

Smoking GNU: grokca: PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".

That's what my wife calls me.

Did she eat Big Engines 1 through 3?


Nope he's just the fourth, tonight
 
2017-10-21 02:23:10 PM  
What about "BE-4"? Google comes up with nothing at all aside from Blue Origin.
 
2017-10-21 02:32:53 PM  
As a subcontractor to a subcontractor to a subcontractor for production test equipment on the BE-4 project, I've really been getting a big kick out of Farking for the last 26 minutes instead of LabView programming on a Saturnday morning.  Fark I really hate pushing little pictures around the screen instead of writing code.
 
2017-10-21 02:39:08 PM  
Bingo!!
 
2017-10-21 02:49:42 PM  

wildcardjack: GardenWeasel: Barfmaker: It's probably called BFE-4 but marketing made them tone it down.

SpaceX beat them to it.

Elon Musk✔@elonmusk
BFR will take you anywhere on Earth in less than 60 mins

Considering I've heard other references to beefers, I'm surprised the Germans came up with a new type of gas oven. They've had a mixed history on that front.

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No no. Its gas then oven...

/first class seat please
 
2017-10-21 02:52:06 PM  

clarksvegas: wildcardjack: GardenWeasel: Barfmaker: It's probably called BFE-4 but marketing made them tone it down.

SpaceX beat them to it.

Elon Musk✔@elonmusk
BFR will take you anywhere on Earth in less than 60 mins

Considering I've heard other references to beefers, I'm surprised the Germans came up with a new type of gas oven. They've had a mixed history on that front.

[d215811tr6tp45.cloudfront.net image 850x850]

No no. Its gas then oven...

/first class seat please


That escalated quickly.

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2017-10-21 03:10:44 PM  
TFA: People have derided Blue Origin for its focus on with the , and that's indeed been one of the company's major pushes.

Wow. Why don't we just accidentally the whole thing.
 
2017-10-21 04:52:53 PM  
Won't they be surprised when the Vorlons drag it 1000 years into the past for some Shadow war.  BE-5 will be our last best hope for peace.
 
2017-10-21 05:35:28 PM  

eyeq360: grokca: PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".

That's what my wife calls me.

Big Engines #1-3 were dildos. She had to try them out beforehand just to get close to ignition.


You were probably joking, but this is a BE-3 in action:
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2017-10-21 05:47:57 PM  

Professor Science: eyeq360: grokca: PainInTheASP: It's a much better name than "Big Engine #4".

That's what my wife calls me.

Big Engines #1-3 were dildos. She had to try them out beforehand just to get close to ignition.

You were probably joking, but this is a BE-3 in action:
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Dear Professor Science: Why do rockets all look like gigantic dildos? Why does space need a dildo?
 
2017-10-21 06:17:18 PM  

UsikFark: Dear Professor Science: Why do rockets all look like gigantic dildos? Why does space need a dildo?


As humans, we end up f*cking everything we come in contact with (see: earth). So basically, by humans going into space, we'd end up f*cking space. Hence, gigantic dildos.
 
2017-10-21 07:17:29 PM  
A few details for those who aren't following Blue Origin closely:

--BE-4 stands for Blue Engine 4 (not Big Engine 4)
--BE-3 is already in production. It is used on "New Shepard", a suborbital reusable rocket that Blue Origin has done tests on and will soon be using to take tourists to the edge of space.
--BE-3 burns Hydrogen, which makes it very efficient, but expensive and requiring larger tanks. This makes it ideal for upper stages, where efficiency is most important, but not as good for first stages, where thrust is more important.
--BE-4 is a much larger engine, and it burns Methane, which is a good first stage engine. It is more efficient than Kerosene, but doesn't require the deep cryo that Hydrogen requires, and can be compressed into smaller volumes than Hydrogen.
--BE-4 uses a relatively sophisticated design called "Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion". The short story is that the fuel used to run the turbo pumps is sent along to the combustion chamber, and therefore not "lost".
--BE-4 will be used for the first and second stages of "New Glenn", a large orbital rocket being developed by Blue Origin. It will also be used as the first stage engine of "Vulcan", the new rocket being developed by United Launch Alliance.
--BE-3, in addition to being used for "New Shepard", will be used for the new upper stage being developed for "Vulcan" and will also be used for the optional third stage of "New Glenn".
 
2017-10-21 07:50:13 PM  

Makh: Won't they be surprised when the Vorlons drag it 1000 years into the past for some Shadow war.  BE-5 will be our last best hope for peace.


Nice.
 
2017-10-21 07:59:32 PM  

IoSaturnalia: As a subcontractor to a subcontractor to a subcontractor for production test equipment on the BE-4 project, I've really been getting a big kick out of Farking for the last 26 minutes instead of LabView programming on a Saturnday morning.  Fark I really hate pushing little pictures around the screen instead of writing code.


LabView? Eeeeeewwwwwwwwwww.

/feel the same way about R
//work with it daily
 
2017-10-21 08:15:28 PM  

Rent Party: gingerjet: A geek owns the company.  He can name the rocket any damn thing he wants.

Bezos isn't a geek. He is a New York finance guy.

Having said that, this is one area where the invisible hand of the market may do us a lot of good, and get us some heavy lift capability again.


The only reason amazon and blue origin exist is because Bezos is a geek.
 
2017-10-21 09:02:44 PM  

gingerjet: Rent Party: gingerjet: A geek owns the company.  He can name the rocket any damn thing he wants.

Bezos isn't a geek. He is a New York finance guy.

Having said that, this is one area where the invisible hand of the market may do us a lot of good, and get us some heavy lift capability again.

The only reason amazon and blue origin exist is because Bezos is a geek.


Dude probably knows more about rockets than half the staff at NASA and JPL. Dude has a giant brain.
 
2017-10-21 09:19:43 PM  
Came for Star Trek: Nemesis, leaving disappointed.
 
2017-10-21 09:34:40 PM  

I Like Bread: Came for Star Trek: Nemesis, leaving disappointed.


OK, but just the tip.

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2017-10-21 11:38:46 PM  

Makh: Won't they be surprised when the Vorlons drag it 1000 years into the past for some Shadow war.  BE-5 will be our last best hope for peace.


Not the one!  Not the one!

Vorlons not drag station -- it was Great Machine!

... No one listen to poor Zathras.
 
2017-10-22 02:15:33 PM  

JohnBigBootay: gingerjet: Rent Party: gingerjet: A geek owns the company.  He can name the rocket any damn thing he wants.

Bezos isn't a geek. He is a New York finance guy.

Having said that, this is one area where the invisible hand of the market may do us a lot of good, and get us some heavy lift capability again.

The only reason amazon and blue origin exist is because Bezos is a geek.

Dude probably knows more about rockets than half the staff at NASA and JPL. Dude has a giant brain.


But he's rich and must be hated because reasons.
 
2017-10-22 05:09:40 PM  
At least he didnt name it br 549.
 
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