We are living in the age of a space race to billionaire entrepreneurs, fighting to send us all into space. Elon Musk and SpaceX, Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin, so it was gonna get us to space first Blue Origin thinks it’s the tortoise in the fable of the tortoise and the hare.
The hare took the early lead in the race but in the end, the tortoise won the moral of the story is slow and steady wins the race. SpaceX & Blueorigin plans
It appears SpaceX is ahead, but in May 2020 SpaceX became the first private company to send humans into orbit by flying to NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. On the other hand, Blue Origin has yet to launch a rocket into orbit, let alone with humans on board. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have slightly different motivations for going to space, Musk believes humans are at risk of becoming extinct, because of climate change, the threat of artificial intelligence or an attack on the planet.
So we’re more likely to survive if we live on multiple planets, Musk has made it no secret he wants to colonise Mars, it’s very important that we do so. Jesus has a slightly different motivation for going to space, he believes is irreplaceable and wants to preserve. He wants to tap into the limited resources in space, specifically from the moon. There’s a lot of ice at the moon’s poles which could be mined for fuel to power Blue Origin space vehicles Bezos ultimately wants to create something straight out of 70 science fiction space colonies, large floating settlements holding a million people or more, that can support animals and plants as well. The ISS looks tidy In comparison,
we can have a trillion humans in the forest system, which means we’d have 1000 Mozart’s and 1000 Einsteins. This would be an incredible civilization. In order for their visions to become a reality they have to significantly reduce the cost of each launch because usually a rocket is thrown away after one use the focus is now on developing reusable rockets, specifically reusing the booster which is the lower portion of the rocket the most expensive part. In December, 2015 SpaceX landed his Falcon nine booster back on Earth. That was a huge feat for the company. Meanwhile, Blue Origin has yet to launch any rocket into orbit. SpaceX & Blueorigin plans
It is developing a reusable booster new Glenn aims to go to space in 2021, it will be much larger than SpaceX its Falcon nine SpaceX is now setting its sights on developing a fully reusable rocket called starship to carry people to the Moon, Mars and back, even though it seems Blue Origin is far behind, do not count Jeff Bezos out. Blue origins motto is grid datum for Rossiter apologies if I didn’t get that quite right, translated from Latin that means, step by step, ferociously Bezos his company is quietly developing a rocket called New Armstrong and that might be fully reusable. We do much about it as of the making of this article.
The company is also getting better at launching and landing. In November, 2015, its new Shepard rocket successfully landed back on Earth for the first time. The reason I said Blue Origin has yet to launch a rocket into orbit is because the new Shepard is not designed to reach orbit. It only travels to the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space, it will be used for space tourists in the future. One of the biggest differences between these two companies boils down to money, and it could explain why SpaceX appears to act with more urgency SpaceX has had to scramble for contracts to survive. SpaceX & Blueorigin plans
From the beginning, Musk threw his personal fortune into the company when he created it in 2002, when the financial services company he co founded x.com merged with a rival and became PayPal and eBay bought PayPal in 2002, Musk walked away with $180 million. He sunk 100 million into SpaceX and the rest into Tesla and Solar City, but it takes a lot of money to run a rocket business SpaceX had three failed launches before its Falcon one rocket made it to orbit in September 2008.
That was the defining moment for the company. But SpaceX was nearly bankrupt, then a Christmas miracle happened. NASA came through with a $1.6 billion contract, two days before Christmas, that saved SpaceX. On the other hand, Blue Origin is backed by the richest person on the planet, Jeff Bezos is of course the CEO of Amazon, he quietly started Blue Origin in 2000. He has been obsessed with space ever since the moon landing. These cells 1 billion or more of his Amazon stock every year and puts it into Blue Origin, so his private space company doesn’t have the same financial constraints. SpaceX & Blueorigin plans
It’s not under time pressure to be revenue positive, it can execute slowly and methodically at the beginning of the video I asked the question Who’s going to get us to space first, but maybe that actually was not the right question to ask. Maybe it’s not a competition with only one winner, and we shouldn’t think of it as a race between a tortoise and a hare, there might be room for more than one company to win. After all, we are dealing with the infinite possibilities of space, and the future of humanity.