Jeffrey P. Bezos' Blue Origin got a step closer to flying tourists to space: On Tuesday, the company launched a life-size dummy it named "Mannequin Skywalker" from its remote Texas facility.
The updated booster and crew capsule — which Blue Origin hopes to use to fly its first human tourists to space as early as next year — hit a peak altitude of nearly 100 kilometers, or what's considered the threshold of space, the company said in a statement. (Bezos, who is the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com Inc., also owns the Washington Post.)
The New Shepard booster — named for Alan Shepard, the first American in space — then flew back to Earth and touched down on...
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, holding a Kindle, says his team of ¿undersea pros¿ had found the engines that helped launch the Apollo 11 mission.