So many people have daydreams of going to space, surrounded by the cosmos, and so close to the planetsthose shining, glorious pearls hanging in the black vastness of spacethat it feels like we can reach out, grab them, and comprise them in the palm of our hands.
To you and me,$ 1 billion is unfathomable. But to Bezos, who has a net worth of tens of billions of dollars according to Bloomberg , and is adding money to his vault faster than Scrooge McDuck can swim in it, it’s simply pocket change.
Space travel’s expensive, we hear, especially when you’re rocket’s designed to be ultra swanky. And the company simply unveiled its biggest rocket yet, the New Glenn, last autumn. They’re likewise focusing on missions to the moon by 2020. That all requires a lot of investment, even if the plan for Blue Origin is also to include space tourism, which it hopes to launch in 2018
As of right now, according to VentureBeat , Bezos owns nearly 81 million shares of Amazon stock, worth about $75 billion based on the company’s current stock price. The costs of the New Glenn project is projected to be about $2.5 billion, though Bezos didn’t note how much, in total, he’d personally be dropping into the project.
Blue Origin, like SpaceX, places emphasis on reusability of rockets to help save big money in the long term. SpaceX broke new ground in reflighting a rocket just last week, and the savings will prove to be massive in the long run.
In other terms, don’t suppose Bezos and his squad aren’t draw lessons from SpaceX.
Though Bezos and “rival” Elon Musk have been breaking out their measuring tape at times, Bezos himself has noted how competition will help these projects thrive: From my point of view, the more the merrier. I crave Virgin Galactic to succeed. I crave SpaceX to succeed. I crave United Launch Alliance to succeed. I crave Arianespace to succeed, and of course I crave Blue Origin to succeed. And I think they all can.
If anything, Bezos’ vault of amber helps ensure that the growing Blue Origin project won’t face the same budget cuts that NASA’s been dealt throughout its history. It’s his money he’s spending, after allnot yours.
And if that helps get us to the place that Bezos and corporation want to besafe, affordable space flightthen more power to him.