Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket makes 10th flight test
Washington (AFP) - With an eye to launching the first tourists to space by year's end, Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, blasted off the 10th test flight of its New Shepard rocket on Wednesday.The rocket, carrying no people on board but eight science experiments for NASA, soared skyward from a launchpad in west Texas at 1508 GMT against a clear blue sky.A few minutes into the flight, the capsule separated as planned from the booster and reached its peak height of 66 miles (106 kilometers)."That is exactly what we were targeting," said Ariane Cornell, an astronaut ...
Jeff Bezos space project lands big rocket partnership
San Francisco (AFP) - Jeff Bezos backed Blue Origin space exploration project on Thursday landed a major deal to provide engines for a next-generation rocket being built by a major US launch services contractor.United Launch Alliance said that Blue Origin will provide engines for the booster stage of a next-generation rocket -- the Vulcan Centaur -- which is on track to take to the sky in the year 2020.ULA was created as a joint venture by Lockheed Martin and Boeing."Vulcan Centaur will revolutionize spaceflight and provide affordable, reliable access to space for our current and future custom...