Amazon.com in Space... Dec 27, 2005 1:26:45 GMT -6
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Dec 27, 2005 1:26:45 GMT -6
Amazon.com Exec to Open Aerospace Venture
KENT, Wash. - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year.
City records show that an office and warehouse he's revamping in this south Seattle suburb will be used to design and build spacecraft and engines.
Blue Origin has released few details about the project. But a Texas newspaper editor who interviewed Bezos earlier this year said the billionaire talked sending a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket, and eventually building spaceships that can orbit the Earth — possibly leading to permanent colonies in space.
Bezos paid $13 million for nearly 25 acres of industrial land, where city records indicate he's spending up to $8 million to remodel an office building and warehouse. Plans also call for construction of an experimental stand where rocket engines will be tested in three-minute-long trial runs.
Test launches will be conducted in West Texas, where Bezos recently bought a 165,000-acre ranch near the small town of Van Horn, about 110 miles southeast of El Paso. Long-term plans for that site include a spaceport where three-person space-tourism flights could blast off once a week.
The only interview Bezos has granted about his space plans was with Larry Simpson, the editor of the weekly Van Horn Advocate.
"He told me their first spacecraft is going to carry three people up to the edge of space and back. But ultimately, his thing is space colonization," Simpson told The Associated Press in March.
In 1982, during the valedictory speech he gave at his high-school graduation, Bezos stressed the need for space colonization. "I'm not sure this is a hobby for him," Logsdon said. "I think this is his next big idea."
More here: news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051226/ap_on_he_me/bezos_blue_origin
Reminds me of the movie "Amazon Women on the Moon"!... ;D