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With his wife Mackenzie Bezos by his side, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos accepts the Collier Trophy awarded to his New Shepard rocket. (NAA Photo)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the Blue Origin team has accepted one of the aerospace community’s most prestigious awards, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, for developing a reusable spaceship that could start taking on passengers as early as next year.

The National Aeronautic Association bestowed the honor upon Bezos’ Blue Origin venture back in March, but on Friday the team converged on The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Virginia to pick up the trophy at the annual award dinner.

Celebrating our addition to an epic list of pioneers! @JeffBezos accepts the Collier Trophy for #NewShepard. The after-party: pic.twitter.com/UbvpwQAB3b

— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) June 19, 2017

The trophy recognizes the “greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” during the previous year. Over the past year and a half, Blue Origin’s uncrewed New Shepard spaceship conducted five successful round trips to space and back, earning it a place among other pivotal moments in history such as the Wright brothers’ flights and the landing of the Curiosity rover.

The uncrewed flights are test runs for commercial passenger flights that could begin by the end of 2018, if Blue Origin sticks to Bezos’ hoped-for schedule.

This morning, Bezos reflected on the moment when he held the trophy up high, embraced by his wife, novelist MacKenzie Bezos, and surrounded by his team at an after party.

Amazing to share this moment with the @BlueOrigin team and my family. https://t.co/1fgM9jExs9

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 19, 2017

“Winning the Collier Trophy is incredibly emotional for me and the whole Blue Origin team,” Bezos said when the award was announced in March. “Everyone on the team has given so much

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