Blue Origin has purchased 31 acres of agricultural land for $14 million, the Daily Journal of Commerce reports.
Owned by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Kent-based Blue Origin filed plans with the city to build office/warehouse structures on the property at and around 21600 76th Ave. S.
The Barnier family’s Bar-Gem LLC was the seller.
“The company employs over 750 people at its Kent headquarters and anticipates adding hundreds more in the coming years,” Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke said in April. “An expansion project is underway on what is known as the Barnier Property near its current campus, and Blue Origin has additionally purchased a 120,000-square-foot building across the street for further growth.”
Blue Origin is using that building to manufacture some BE-4 rocket engines and reusable booster rockets.
Bezos has sold $1 billion worth of Amazon.com stock annually in recent years to fund the space business.
He’s said his goal is to boost space innovation by lowering the cost of getting into orbit with reusable, self-landing rockets, and has proposed blasting zero-gravity tourists into space, using his rockets to supply a moon settlement and carrying satellites, science projects and other payloads into orbit.
Blue Origin plans to start commercial flights as early as 2018. A recent flight that Bezos called “Mission 7” from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch and rocket testing facility carried a dozen commercial, research and education payloads, plus a mannequin standing in for a human passenger.
– By Jim Hammerand – Managing Editor, Puget Sound Business Journal; Click here to view original article