Rocket Financed by Amazon Founder Crashes in Test

By KENNETH CHANG – Published: September 2, 2011

Mario Tama/Getty Images Jeffrey P. Bezos

A spacecraft financed by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the billionaire chief executive of Amazon.com, crashed during a test flight in West Texas, Mr. Bezos said on Friday.

No one was on board for the flight, and no one on the ground was injured when […]

From Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos – Successful Short Hop, Setback, and Next Vehicle

Three months ago, we successfully flew our second test vehicle in a short hop mission, and then last week we lost the vehicle during a developmental test at Mach 1.2 and an altitude of 45,000 feet. A flight instability drove an angle of attack that triggered our range safety system to terminate thrust on the […]

Blue Origin Failure Causes Reality Check for Commercial Space Flight

Mark Whittington – Sat Sep 3, 4:50 pm ET

Blue Origin Blue Origin's development vehicle is shown rising to 45,000 feet, just before the activation of its termination system.

An unmanned rocket launched by Blue Origin, a private rocket company owned by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, had to be destroyed in flight during a test flight at that company’s Texas launch facility. […]