Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to bring the workforce to space – Axios

Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to bring the workforce to space – Axios

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos wants to build a "road to space" so 1 trillion humans can live and work there. Why it matters: His rocket company, Blue Origin, has been methodically working toward launching people and payloads into space, funded by Bezos' billions. But he is thinking bigger, and his money and influence give new gravity to the idea of permanently extending humanity's reach deep into the solar system. As Bezos sees it, humanity's space-faring future shouldn't necessarily hinge on making unlivable worlds like the Moon or Mars habitable. "This is a very different kind of space colony, " Bezos said at a press event last week where he described his vision of near-Earth rotating space stations, called "O'Neill colonies" or "O'Neill cylinders, " that could replicate Earth's cities. All of this would be possible because of resources provided to us in space, according to Bezos. If humans find a way to mine the moon for water, for example, it could act as a fuel source that would power further exploration. The big picture: "Earth ends up zoned residential and light industry, " Bezos said. "It'll be a beautiful place to live. It'll be a beautiful place to ....

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno imagines that 1, 000 people could be living in space — perhaps even on the moon — as soon as the 2030s, according to Florida Today. Bezos' vision is light on the specifics. Building even one O'Neill colony would likely cost billions, if not trillions, of dollars, and even Bezos admits it's still unclear exactly how it might work. "That's for future generations to figure out the details, " he said. Blue Origin's down-to-Earth reality While Bezos is talking about the space civilizations of the future, Blue Origin is wading through the political mud, fighting for government contracts. The company is now trying to secure a spot as one of the Air Force's launch providers through the mid-2020s. Blue Origin wants the Air Force to pick three launch providers, but at the moment the government is planning to pick just two, heavily favoring SpaceX and ULA — both already fly Air Force missions. The 25 satellite launches expected within that time frame could bring billions of dollars to whichever companies are selected as providers. The backdrop: Bezos has said that he sells about $1 billion in Amazon stock each year to help fund Blue ....

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