posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 01:40 PM
The Wall Street Journals Web Site
Some quotes from: THE NEW YORK TIMES NATIONAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011
By KENNETH CHANG
"A spacecraft financed by Jeffery P. Bezos, the billionare chief executive of Amazon.com, crashed during a test flight in West Texas, Mr. Bezos said
No one was on board for the flight, and no one on the ground was injured when the spaceship went out of control on Aug. 24.
Mr. Bezos acknowledged the failure on the web site of his space company, Blue Origin. The vehicle reached an altitude of 45,000 feet and a speed of
1.2 times the speed of sound before a 'flight instability' occured.
Blue Origin, based in Kent, Wash., is developing a suborbital spaceship called New Shepard, which is to take off and land vertically for carrying
people to the near edge of space.
Blue Origin is one of several companies aiming to fly tourists above the 62-mile altidude that is typically considered the edge of outer space,
offering a few minutes of weightlessness. The company also has a contract with NASA as part of its so-called commercial crew program to develop a
system that can take astronauts to orbit. The crash was not related to the NASA work."
I would like to say- Kudos to Mr. Bezos for trying, but if I wanted to get off-planet, I would put my faith and safety in the hands of a tried and
tested true ET flying saucer from outerspace.
Any comments are welcome.