Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Another dot-commer starts a spacecraft company

From USA Today: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has recently purchased 165,000 acres of land in Van Horn, a desolate mining town in west Texas, and is planning on starting his own spacecraft company there. The company's called Blue Origin, and Bezos is being fairly secretive about it (he declined to comment for this article, for example), although he did grant an exclusive interview last week with the Van Horn Advocate, a weekly local newspaper whose entire staff consists of the dude who runs the local Radio Shack. Bezos' announcement now follows those of Elon Musk (founder of PayPal, and owner of SpaceX), John Carmack (creator of the videogame "Doom," and owner of Armadillo Aerospace), and Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft, and the main investor of SpaceShipOne).

Sick of all these billionaire white guys starting spacecraft companies? Hey, look on the bright side - at least they've all stopped running for President.