Jeff Bezos, the founder of e-commerce giant Amazon, has stated his goals to pursue lunar settlement and habitation using Blue Origin, his space flight manufacturing and services venture.
Bezos stated a lunar establishment would have constant access to sunlight, potential water deposits at the poles and regolith rock deposits for construction. “It’s almost like somebody set this up for us,” claims Bezos.
A lunar base might serve as a residence for workers of the lunar industry. A public-private partnership with NASA has been proposed to produce a moon lander and test the feasibilities of lunar habitation and manufacturing.
However, Bezos also stressed the importance of collaboration between other spaceflight companies to achieve his vision, which would require “thousands of companies working in concert.” Despite discussing timelines measured in decades, he remains committed to the long haul.
“Either other people will take over the vision, or I’ll run out of money.”
Image: Blue Origin – Launch test
This story is taken from the 01 June 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.