Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says his private space travel company Blue Origin will create a moon colony for human settlers and the Earth’s heavy industry within decades.
The billionaire tech mogul revealed his firm will buddy up with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on the project but is willing to go it alone if officials bog it down.
Bezos has talked of moon missions before and is inching closer to his short-term goal of blasting human travelers into space with every successful test launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard and New Glenn reusable spacecrafts.
More recently the Amazon founder said he would pour more of his own wealth into the project to make final frontier tourism accessible to all.
In the long term, he wants settlers to live and work in hollowed-out asteroids — a concept borrowed from Princeton physicist Gerrard O’Neill, outlined in his 1976 book “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space.”
“The Earth is not a very good place to do heavy industry. It’s convenient for us right now,” Bezos told Geekwire at the International Space Development Conference on Friday.
But in the not-too-distant future — I’m talking decades, maybe 100 years — it’ll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we currently do on Earth in space, because we’ll have so much energy.”
Bezos claims the only way to deal with the Earth’s crippling rise in population (and the burden this places on our energy resources) is to haul all heavy industry to the moon, where it will be powered by solar-fueled outposts.