Update on the New Glenn rocket factory by Jeff Bezos

Received this from Jeff Bezos (CEO Amazon) in my inbox December 6, 6:19 am 2016.

Blue Origin

Just a very short note to update you on the 750,000 square-foot New Glenn rocket factory we’re building in Florida. The team has made extraordinary progress—as you can see here, the first steel is now going up.

 

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I’ll keep you updated on our progress.

Gradatim Ferociter!

Jeff Bezos

P.S. Blue Origin’s coat of arms is packed with symbolism. (Credit: Blue Origin)

What’s Blue Origin’s motto? “Gradatim Ferociter” is Latin for “Step by Step, Ferociously.” Bezos says that’s his approach to spaceflight. “If you’re building a flying vehicle, you can’t cut any corners. If you do, it’s going to be [just] an illusion that it’s going to make it faster. … You have to do it step by step, but you do want to do it ferociously.”

Why is there a winged hourglass on Blue Origin’s coat of arms? Bezos says that’s “a Victorian cemetery symbol which means ‘time is fleeting.’ We don’t have forever.”

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