By Dan Neil WSJ Andy Pasztor WSJ Thu., April 11, 2019 After spending the past decade eclipsed by the exploits of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company is over being small and done with being quiet. Ten years ago the company consisted of the Amazon magnate himself, a few researchers and an experimental lander that fit on a flatbed truck. There was no sign outside its industrial park headquarters in a Seattle suburb, and the boss didn’t talk to the media, period. Today the company—funded by Mr. Bezos to the tune of $1 billion a year—employs more than 2,000 people at five sites, including a launch facility in West Texas where later this year it will begin manned tests of its suborbital space tourism rocket, named New Shepard, in honor of American space pioneer Alan Shepard. Blue Origin’s next project literally dwarfs New Shepard: the mighty New Glenn, a 300-foot orbital, reusable rocket, due to fly first in 2021. The company has constructed a sprawling new assembly facility next to Pad 36A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it plans to build, service and launch a fleet of these reusable mega-rockets. Representing a reported $2.5 billion investment, New… Read full this story
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