Interview: Blue Origin Chief Executive Bob Smith

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos likes to refer to his multibillion-dollar Amazon stock portfolio as “lottery winnings” that he intends to invest in space technology. It’s Bob Smith’s job to put those winnings to good use.

Blue Origin, Smith says, ultimately must be a self-sustaining business. That’s why the company is a presence at largely commercial events like the recent Satellite 2018, where it signed an agreement with satellite fleet operator Sky Perfect JSat for a future satellite, and transformed a . . .

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