Picture from 2006 tests of a DC-X like rocket
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, has a rocket company called Blue Origin The website for Blue Origin indicates plans for unmanned flights in 2011 and manned flights in 2012.
Flight testing of prototype New Shepard vehicles began in 2006. Blue Origin expects the first opportunities for experiments requiring an accompanying researcher astronaut to be available in 2012. Flight opportunities in 2011 may be available for autonomous or remotely-controlled experiments on an uncrewed flight test.
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