The Amazon CEO has announced that he will begin building and launching rockets with a new company based in Cape Canaveral, FL.
Jeff Bezos knows pretty much all there is to know about delivering packages here on Earth. After all, he is the CEO of one of the largest distributors in the world, Amazon Inc. According to a report from CNET, however, Bezos has decided to revisit an old passion and begin building rockets that will be launched into space.
On Tuesday morning, Bezos’ company Blue Origin announced that it planned to open a facility on the Florida coast famous for launching a large percentage of previous NASA missions. Bezos revealed that Blue Origin will be assuming responsibility for the launch site at Complex 36, where 145 launches had previously taken off, including the Mariner missions, Surveyor 1, and Pioneer 10.
“The site saw its last launch in 2005 and the pad has stood silent for more than 10 years – too long,” Bezos said to the crowd during the announcement. Blue Origin is projected to open a rocket production facility at the Spaceport to integrate the building and launching processes.
Bezos’s speech was short and to the point, and he ceded the microphone to local politicians who filled up the rest of the 40 minutes. Bezos has been saving funds for Blue Origin as early as 2000, and the company has developed engines and capsules that can be used both in orbit and suborbital flight. The company will also have a tourism branch that allows regular people to visit the upper reaches of the planet’s atmosphere.
Private space companies are beginning to become more prominent, and it may only be a matter of time before governmental space agencies begin contracting serious projects to these new firms.