Amazon founder and space entrepreneur Jeff Bezos revealed on Thursday a mock-up of a lunar landing vehicle from his Blue Origin rocket company.
Bezos, the richest person in the world with an estimated value of $ 107 billion, also proclaimed his aspiration for humanity to live within generations on vast glbad walls. space colonies.
"We can have a billion humans in the solar system, which means we would have 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins," Bezos said in his presentation in Washington, DC. The dazzling event included an introduction to rock music, purple lighting and a moving camera on a crane for close-ups. "This would be an incredible civilization," said Bezos, of his space colonies.
Bezos has invested billions in his private space company, Blue Origin, which plans to launch the first manned flight of its suborbital rocket "New Shepard" later this year, and a very large rocket (270 feet in height). "New Glenn "in 2021. He noted that his lunar vehicle, which was more than 21 feet wide, fit comfortably inside that great rocket. And it could serve as a landing module for NASA's ongoing work plan for astronauts to reach the Moon in 2024, a March directive made by Vice President Mike Pence.
SpaceX's billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk, however, immediately took a chance on Bezos with an altered photo. cheep.
The two space billionaires have previously attacked whose rocket is larger.
In his presentation, Bezos also took some photos of Musk's space aspirations. Musk has said he wants to "die on Mars," but Bezos called that planet too far for colonization. Bezos also condemned "fake" reusable rockets that need a prolonged renovation before his next release, a complaint directed at Musk's Falcon 9 rockets. So, in a way, Musk was just responding to those punches with his crude tweet.
Beyond Musk, other observers criticized Bezos' spatial aspirations, beginning with his priorities.
An expert in water resources did not agree with his vision of the future, based on the endless growth of the population and the increase in the demand for energy. (Bezos said in the presentation that the coverage of Earth's land surface with solar panels would have to happen to meet future energy needs, which in turn would require human migration to space).
Others asked why the owner of a wealthy Internet company could not broadcast his presentation live.
NASA has not yet created a price tag for astronauts landing on the Moon by 2024, promising Congress a budget summary still under discussion with the Office of Management and Budget at a hearing this week. Ars Technica has reported that the space agency estimates that it would need up to $ 8 billion per year over the next five years in addition to its annual budget of $ 19 billion, but if it will go to Congress with that request, it is already doubtful in the current policy. environment – still not clear.
If NASA returns to the Moon, they will probably need someone to build a lander, since they do not have one now and they do not have money in the budget for one. Blue Origin has a 3-year lead in designing one, said Bezos towards the end of his presentation.