dollar rockets. Here’s how his space company, Blue Origin, hopes to colonize the solar system.
Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday that he was going to devote more time to his rocket company Blue Origin after stepping down as Amazon CEO later this year.
In a letter to Amazon employees, Bezos said that as Amazon’s executive chairman he will “stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus” on projects such as Blue Origin, the Washington Post, his Day 1 Fund, and the Bezos Earth Fund.
Bezos will therefore be more involved in Blue Origin’s stated goal of transforming space travel. It wants to continue to build more rockets and engines to launch people, and other payloads, beyond Earth’s orbit, and to ultimately colonize the solar system.
“We’re committed to building a road to space so our children can build the future,” the company says on its website.
What is Blue Origin?
Blue Origin is an American aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight company headquartered in Kent, Washington. It’s owned by Bezos and is currently headed by CEO Bob Smith.
Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, and says it’s his ‘most important work’
Bezos, the world’s second-richest person, founded Blue Origin in September 2000, with the goal of making space travel cheap, frequent, and more accessible, through reusable launch systems.