Amazon's Jeff Bezos Flying Machine
|Source: Blue Origin - Jeff Bezos & his space vehicle|
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is in a race to win the highly competitive drive to commercialize space. His company Blue Origin has a mission: to provide low cost travel to space. He's in a battle for space with two other billionaires - Elon Musk of SpaceX and Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic.
Bezos finances Blue Origin with $1 billion in Amazon stock yearly. His system consists of a pressurized crew capsule on top of a reusable "New Shepherd" rocket. The system has been successfully tested several times. Experts expect the first crewed flight in the first half of 2019. Blue Origin has yet to leave the Earth's atmosphere. SpaceX Falcon Heavy has soared into space. Virgin Galactic's Unity spaceship recently crossed into the outer edges of space.
New, Blue Origin Rocket
Bezos is developing the new BE-4 rocket engines. NASA astronaut & former ISS Commander Terry Virts says the BE-4 is going to be "the most important rocket of the 21 century." Virts also believes that Bezos's methodical, low key and slower approach will win the space race for him. The BE-4 engines will power a new launch vehicle "New Glenn" which Bezos hopes to launch into low Earth orbit by 2020.
On a Different Trajectory
Bezos has a long term commitment to getting to the moon, getting people into space and developing the space economy. But his trajectory and approach are different than that of Musk and Branson. He's doing it all on his own and quietly. He's self financing and most of his programs aren't with NASA or the government. For more news blogs on innovation, go to amazon.com/author/ekane