COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The Space Symposium in this scenic Rocky Mountain setting is usually a staid affair, with lots of people in suits talking about propulsion systems.
This year, however, the gathering was shaken up by a newcomer. A billionaire who has big plans for space, and who has been quietly competing for contracts.
We're not talking Elon Musk.
"I've been obsessed over rocket, rocket engines and space flight since I was five years old," Bezos told a packed hall at the Broadmoor Hotel here on Tuesday. Internet retailing made Bezos rich, and he's pouring part of that fortune into his rocket company Blue Origin.