Once upon the time the space race was between United States and Soviet Union.
That was then.
Now things are different. Much different!
Governments move over — here are the billionaires!
Space exploration is now commercial.
And governments are being replaced by billionaires.
They are the new space pioneers.
Who are they?
The top players are Musk, Bezos, Allen, and Branson.
(If not familiar with their names, we’re certainly familiar with some of the companies they’ve created: PayPal, Amazon, Microsoft, and Virgin Group.)
What drives the new space race?
Opportunity. Ambition. Ego.
Maybe I should’ve moved “Ego” at the front of the line.
The previous year, Musk and Bezos, had a few, “friendly fire” exchanges on Twitter.
Starting with Bezos’ tweets of successfully landing Blue Origin rochet. Not to be outdone, Musk lit up the Twitter with promises that Space X will be able to successfully land a faster, larger and more powerful rocket.
What to do in space?
These billionaires and other wealthy entrepreneurs are investing lots of money. As mentioned, the space race is driven by ambition and ego.
But they also believe space is full of opportunities for:
- mining asteroids (precious metals);
- moving heavy industry off Earth and into the space;
- and make commercial space travel a reality.
(And maybe build a few pizzerias?)
Pretty exciting stuff — a future where commercial space travel can become a reality.
($250,000 tickets have been purchased by some well-known celebrities.)
Pizza on Mars, anyone?
Maybe in less than twenty years from now you’ll turn to your friends and ask:
“Pizza on Mars, anyone?”
Let’s hope by then the tickets will be considerably less.
Otherwise that’d be one expensive slice of pizza : )
Thanks for visiting.