Amazon’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is a man on a mission. This time, to outer space. Recently, he announced that his rocket company, Blue Origin, is headed to Florida to his company’s new home along the Space Coast, near the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance, which is jointly owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
The New York Times reports that Blue Origin has actually leased Launch Complex 36 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force. This site is historically known for 145 launches, including those of Surveyor 1, the first craft that was able to make a soft landing on the moon and NASA’s Pioneer 10, the first spacecraft to pay Jupiter a visit. Moreover, Bezos says the complex last saw a launch back in 2005 and that it has remained virtually unused for over 10 years. And he can’t wait to bring it back to life once more.
Bezos is excited about the fact that he is launching his creations very near to the site where they are building them. The production facility will, in fact, be set up at Exploration Park.
Throughout Blue Origin’s existence, Bezos’ has been rather discreet about information he give out about his space company. Updates have been brief and even slightly outdated. And when asked about his plans for the company as it moves to the Space Coast, Bezos modestly said, “We’re building a vehicle for humans. That’s my personal passion.” Moreover, he also aims to build a rocket that is capable to handling various payloads while also being completely reusable. That is, his fleet of orbital launchers must be capable of fulfilling missions over and over again.
As for timeline, Bezos expects to launch something “later this decade.” He awaits the acceptance testing for their very own BE-4 engine, which will be powering up Blue Origin’s orbital launch vehicles.
For the moment, Bezos teases, “You will hear us before you see us.”