Jeff Bezos and his Spaceport

By Deane Barker on March 20, 2005

Space venture has West Texas county abuzz: Has Jeff Bezos jumped the shark? I never picked him for something like this, I guess. It even makes Branson look level-headed.

Over the next 30 to 40 minutes, Simpson said Bezos told him the goal of his venture — known as Blue Origin — was to send a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket.

“He told me their first spacecraft is going to carry three people up to the edge of space and back,” Simpson said. “But ultimately, his thing is space colonization.”