They are taking completely different approaches: Musk is in a hurry to get to Mars, and Bezos is taking his time. Here’s Blue Origin’s logo:
Gradatim Ferociter, means step by step, courageously.
Musk is fine with blowing stuff up, very publicly, in development. Bezos seems much more risk averse.
Having said that, Blue Origin is NOT vaporware. They are the sole source engine supplier for competitor ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket with their BE-4 engine. And you can’t get any more conservative “old space” and risk averse than Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
New (Alan) Shepard (suborbital) is still in development, and last flew in January.
New (John) Glenn (orbital) is in development, using the BE-4 engines, but they haven’t shown anything.
New (Neil) Armstrong (take a guess) has been announced, but there’s no info on progress.
Blue Origin also has a NASA contract to build a lunar cargo lander, Blue Moon, and they’ve shown a prototype. This is part of NASA’s Artemis moon project.
From the wikipedia article, we learn that there was a limited edition coffee table book, costing $112k, that several people apparently actually purchased, thus confirming the fallen state of this wretched world.
In the personal trivia category, we have an anecdote about my tender youth, when I’d been reading Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead. I was at a work party, and they’d hired a caricature artist to do free portraits of people. The guy started drawing me, and asked what I did for fun. I told him I read a lot. He said, “Yeah? What are you reading?” I told him, and so he drew me holding a book.
As he handed the finished drawing to me, he said, “I think you oughta read more books like this!”
If you have even a casual interest in rockets and space, Ars Technica’s weekly Rocket Report is a great way to keep up. Frankly I think it’s amazing that there is enough going on to merit a weekly report!