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Amazon boss shows off spacecraft

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by temi, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    The billionaire founder of Amazon.com has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft that could bring space travel to the masses.

    A video of the cone-shaped Goddard vehicle shows it climbing to about 85m (285ft) before returning back to Earth.

    The test launch took place in November 2006 in a remote part of Texas, but details have only now been released.

    The images mark the first time Jeff Bezos has broken his silence on the work of his space company, Blue Origin.

    Writing on the company's website, Mr Bezos said: "We're working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight so that many people can afford to go; and so that we humans can better continue exploring the Solar System."

    "Accomplishing this mission will take a long time, and we're working on it methodically."

    full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6230245.stm

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