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First Vulcan Flight Hardware

Tory Bruno tweeted a photo of the first piece of flight hardware for Vulcan, and flight hardware is always good to see.

From what I’ve heard, Vulcan is making really good progress, and is one of the odds-on favorites for selection for NSSL Phase 2.

That said, we’re still waiting for BE-4 to get to full power. The engine’s progress—while not very openly shared—has been disappointingly slow, and I’ve heard a few interesting things about what the hang ups have been so far.

Here’s hoping Blue Origin pulls it together soon, but the stances they’ve taken on NSSL Phase 2 have not exactly been promising.