On Tuesday the company founder Jeff Bezos announced the future plan of private space travel.
The founder of Blue Origin the private space travel company expects to launch first mission by 2017. On Tuesday the company founder Jeff Bezos stated they expect to launch its first people space mission soon.
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The statement was made by Bezos during a visit of the Blue Origin research and development site outside Seattle. Bezos also stated the first people to be launched by them into space will not be paying customers.
Although Bezos did confirm, that thousands have expressed interest in paying for a trip on a suborbital craft, reported Guardian.
Jeff Bezos is also the founder of Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer. Bezos has been spending some of the billions earned on hi-tech equipment and about 600 employees at Blue Origin.
Bezos did not reveal exactly how much he has invested in the space venture. Bezos did state the hi-tech equipment and employees were worth a very significant number.
Blue Origin is based in a former Boeing airplane parts facility. The facility is situated about 17 miles south of Seattle. According to Bezos, Blue Origin is a vision of his childhood dreams as he dreamt of space travel and built rockets since he was five.
Jeff Bezos believes the company Blue Origin will eventually be profitable. Bezos boldly revealed he only pursues things he is passionate about.
For now Blue Origin is not taking any deposits for space travels yet. The thousands interested in space travel could lead to sales but for now it is not clear.
Blue Origin was founded in 2000 and has already launched a ship twice. The ships by Blue Origin did land safely and the company plans to keep testing.
After the testing phase Blue Origin will switch to other ships being built to test human flight. Bezos also revealed their real money will be made selling rocket engines to others planning to launch satellites and spaceships.
Already United Launch Alliance has asked Blue Origin to build the engine for its new launch vehicle. If Blue Origin is successful then United Launch Alliance will no longer rely on Russian-made engines for space launches.
In his statement Bezos claimed he is still deeply involved at Blue Origin and spends time in the Kent facility. During the media tour Bezos also shared technical details and explanations enthusiastically even though he still manages Amazon too.
One of the engineers from Blue Origin even stated the founder Bezos is as knowledgeable about the technology as anyone in the building.
Even though the media was allowed on the facility for the first time some photographs were prohibited from being published. Blue Origin official did state even opening their gates to the media is a first step toward more openness.
Bezos also talked about the growing competition in the space rocket industry and stated he is not concerned. Bezos believes society will need lots of help moving industry and people off the planet.
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So there is no concern if the competition builds the next generation of rocket engines. SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are the main competitors in the private space business. Bezos is more concerned about the success of his space travels and safety is their top concern.