The former President, and now former Vice President leading the Advanced Development Programs work for Blue Origin, has departed from the firm.
In September of 2017, Meyerson was replaced as the President of the firm by Bob Smith and was transitioned into the VP role. The company employs approximately 1,500 staff and the firm is ramping up for the New Shepard spaceship's first passenger foray into space. Also on the company's agenda is the U.S. Air Force-backed BE-4 rocket engine development as well as ongoing production of the firm's New Glenn rocket. Blue Origin is also involved in the planning for future Moon deliveries as a player within NASA's numerous lunar programs.
Rob Meyerson stated he is taking some time away from the business to determine his next steps. Meyerson joined Blue Origin in 2003 from Kistler Aerospace, where he was the senior program manager for that firm. Prior to Kistler, he worked at NASA's Johnson Aerospace Center in Texas for a dozen years and worked on such crucial programs as the space shuttle, the International Space Station (ISS) and X-38 crew rescue programs.