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Details Emerge on Jeff Bezos\' Space Plans

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Jul 1, 2005 4:56 pm
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By Leonard David; Multi-billionaire Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is in the rocket business. But details about the Bezos booster work — through his Blue Origin group — have been sketchy at best.

Last month, Blue Origin began to reveal specifics about its rocket plans, discussing them in part during public meetings held in the Texas towns of Van Horn and Dell City.

The gatherings were scoping meetings, held to learn of any public concerns about Blue Origin launch activities in the state — one activity required under the National Environmental Protection Act that takes into account noise, land use, geological impact and other issues.

That environmental assessment is tied to Blue Origin’s request for a license to operate its vehicle. The license would be issued by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

According to the Blue Origin web site, the company is actively hiring. They note that since June 2003 they have more than doubled the size of their Seattle-based design team. “Blue personnel,” the web site explains, have played key roles on a variety of vehicle development programs, such as the Delta Clipper-Experimental (DC-X), Sea Launch, the Kistler K-1, Beal Aerospace, Space Shuttle, Iridium and National Missile Defense.

Read more at: Space.com

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