Billionaire Jeff Bezos wants to build a new community of super-humans in space.
The Amazon boss, who’s estimated to be worth £103billion, dreams of putting a trillion people in the solar system to create colonies populated by ‘1,000 Mozarts and Einsteins’.
The tech mogul, 55, detailed his ambitious plans during a speech about his space transport company, Blue Origin.
‘The solar system can support a trillion humans, and then we’d have 1,000 Mozarts, and 1,000 Einsteins. Think how incredible and dynamic that civilization will be,’ he told an audience at New York’s Yale Club.
‘But if we’re going to have that, we do have to go out into the solar system. You have to capture more of the sun’s output, and we have to use all of the resources that are out in space, in terms of minerals and not just energy. And that’s very doable, but we have to get started.’
As reported by Business Insider, he added: ‘The fact of the matter is we don’t have forever, and the first step — I don’t know all future steps — but I know one of them is we need to build a low-cost, highly operable, reusable launch vehicle. No matter which path you take, it has to go through that gate.
‘That’s a very expensive step. That’s why Blue Origin is focused on it. It’s not something that two kids in a dorm room are going to do. But I really want that dynamic life and civilization for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. But we’ve got to get started.’
Bezos is currently in fierce competition with Elon Musk and Virgin’s Richard Branson to launch the first-ever commercial space mission.
Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said his Starship rocket would take its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2024.
But, last year, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever had before, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011.
The spaceship made it to a peak height of 51.4 miles (82.7 km). The US Air Force considers the space boundary to be at 50 miles.
The brief, suborbital flight – with two pilots on board – was a key milestone for the company which is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 (£191,000) per seat.
Neither Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic is ready to board their first paying passengers, but both are targeting the first such flights this year.
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Source: Daily Mail