The possibilities have grown and the exploration to find habitation on the other planets have begun. International space agencies have started working on finding habitation on other planets. The tech billionaires are not exceptions for that. Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been striving to find colonization on mars. He has announced the aspirations through various mediums and always been instrumental in realizing those aspirations. Now, there is another tech billionaire cum the richest man in the world who has entered in the queue of those with space aspiration. He is the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. He recently articulated his aspirations during the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles. His space venture Blue Origin would work in collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) to create colonization on the moon.
Speaking at the conference along side Alan Boyle, Jeff Bezos mentioned the objective of his space venture to lower the cost of access to space. He planned to realize this objective with its New Shepard suborbital spaceship initially, and its orbital-class New Glenn rocket in the 2020s. In a long way, Bezos plans to put millions of people into the space for working. There will be time when people will work in asteroids. He envisions that the only way to ensure the planet can cope with rise in demand for energy is to move the heavy industry into the solar-powered space outposts. The earth will remain a planet for residential and light industrial use, while heavy industry will be moved from the planet and powered by solar power.
“In the not-too-distant future — I’m talking decades, maybe 100 years,” said Bezos, “It’ll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we currently do on Earth in space, because we’ll have so much energy. We will have to leave this planet. We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better.”
He added that there will a stress of growing population on the environment of the earth. “We will have to leave this planet,” said Bezos. “We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better. We’ll come and go, and the people who want to stay, will stay.”
Amazon CEO pointed out that the moon is located at the location which is convenient and reachable to people on the Earth with the right rocket. Scientists have discovered that there are deposits of water ice at the poles which can be converted to breathable air, palatable water, and fuels for rockets. In order to facilitate a return from the moon, there is a lunar lander designed for delivery of five tons of payload to the surface of lunar. This will enable transfer of people. Blue Origin’s plans will come into action with the right support by mid-2020s.
Blue Origin has begun development of its Blue Moon lander with the terms of a public-private partnership with NASA. “By the way, we’ll do that, even if NASA doesn’t do it,” said Bezos. “We’ll do it eventually. We could do it a lot faster if there were a partnership.”
As mars is the center point of Elon Musk, the moon has become a center point for Jeff Bezos. He has been cashing in his stocks from Amazon to fund Blue Origin. He said, “One of two things will happen. Either other people will take over the vision, or I’ll run out of money. And I think it’ll be a while before you run out of money.” It will be interesting to see how this mission will shape up in the future.