It is said, “money can buy you the world”. Billionaire Jeff Bezos has surpassed this sentiment to make progress in space explorations as he plans to establish a viable business in that sector. The former Amazon CEO gave up the Amazon throne over the need to explore other areas of interest. Space explorations have become a center of interest, with a lot of scientists taking part. This is feeding up science research amid beliefs that there might be life in space and it might be possible for humans to live on other planets. Such undertakings have been in action for a long with astronauts journeying to space more frequently in previous years.
The business mogul left Andy Jassy in charge of Amazon as he sought other business opportunities, and he has set sights on traveling outer space. Initially, such journeys were reserved for individuals interested in scientific studies and acquired unique specimens analyzed in laboratories. Recent technological improvements and advancements are making it easy for people to have regular trips to space. Because of improved industrial innovations, space crafts and rockets are now regarded as safer to travel in and can accommodate more people. It is reported that these new space transportations can travel at faster speeds.
Mr. Bezos becomes the latest world billionaire who left his prints in space. His journey came after another billionaire Sir Richard Branson was ferried into space on 1 July by a VSS Unity spacecraft. Sir Branson is a billionaire who founded the Virgin Galactic, which is responsible for making the space capsule, and he reached approximately 53 miles’ altitude on a vertical scale. His company is planning to introduce a space program in which about 400 space flights are carried out per year, and any individual who wishes to travel has to pay $ 250 000 per ticket.
Going out of space seems to be an attractive trade since it is attracting billionaires as another billionaire Elon Musk showed interest in that department. Mr. Musk formed SpaceX, an aeronautical company that focuses on establishing commercial space flight. Musk is yet to openly announce any intentions of traveling into space, but he is reported to have placed a deposit towards making a Virgin Galactic trip [Source].
On July 20, Bezos and his brother Mark together with aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, launched the New Shepard rocket for the first time into space. Bezos’s company Blue Origin is accredited for designing the New Shepard, which is said to have modern technology operations installed. It can carry six people at once who will also experience some minutes of weightlessness during the exploration [Source]. Bezos’s wish to be part of the first crew on the New Shepard and his wish came true. The crew was able to travel above the 62-mile line marking considered to be the boundary of space, and they even floated weightlessness.
With such financial gurus injecting a lot of money into space travels, the industry is bound to boost significantly and amass many customers. An initiative of “space tourism” might become possible regarding progress made on space crafts, especially those related to speed, safety and they have proved to be reliable. The US, Russia, Japan, and China are among the leading countries in going to space.
The billionaire is in a rush to break new ground when it comes to space flights. From an observer’s point of view, it looks like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are competing for the top spot in relation to space travel. It was reported that Blue Origin plans on also launching suborbital flights with one ticket pegged at $200 000, and it might expand to lunar flights. These private players will usher in the commercialization of space flights and probably amass more wealth as “money attracts more money.”
After a successful first launch in the New Shepard, Jeff Bezos might be heading for more success in ‘outer space’ dealings.