Amazon Chief’s Spaceship Misfires

An unmanned spaceship funded by Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos veered out of control and had to be destroyed during a recent test flight, highlighting the dramatic risks of private space ventures.

A vehicle used in an earlier test. An unmanned spaceship funded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos lost control 45,000 feet off the ground and was destroyed during a recent test. The failure of the craft is a blow to privately funded space ventures.

The spacecraft, developed by closely held Blue Origin LLC, was on a suborbital flight from the company’s West Texas spaceport last week when it started to go off course and ground personnel lost normal contact with the vehicle. Investigators are looking at remnants of the craft recovered on the ground to determine the cause — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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