Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and the world’s second richest man, revealed this week that he will be selling $1 billion (£800 million) of Amazon stock every year to fund his space agency ‘Blue Origin’.
When he spoke at the 33rd annual Space Symposium, Bezos outlined his plans to make the reusable New Shepard vehicle ready for consumer spaceflight by 2018.
The company plans to send well-off passengers to the edge of space, so that they experience weightlessness.
Jeff Bezos is not the first to set out an action plan for such a mission. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO, is planning, on the other hand, to send astronauts to the International Space Station atop the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket.
Well unless you’re Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, invading space has always been a childhood dream. We’re dreaming of it while they’re making it happen.
Both billionaires are working on bolstering their chances to compete with each other in pioneering privatised space transportation and reshaping this industry.
The competition is heating up, not between two countries but between two billionaires. It’s pure ecstasy to watch two giants rivalling over our future in space.
It’s hard to predict which company will carry the day as they’re both using the same methods and tactics.
Blue Origin and SpaceX are pursuing reusable rocketry to make spaceflight inexpensive. The two companies want to build an out-of-this-world business opportunity and let’s not forget the ambition and perseverance that are driving these two men.
Breaking through barriers characterises these two billionaires. They’re both innovating for the sake of humanity and testing limits to go beyond them.
Pushing harder, never giving up, never taking no for an answer and never considering failure as an option are what will take humanity further.
So what team are you on? Bezos’s or Musk’s?
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