Jeff Bezos, the billionaire boss of Amazon, has said that he will do whatever is required to be done for his Blue Origin space venture to establish homes on the moon, including developing partnerships with the European Space Agency and NASA.
While talking at the International Space Development Conference that was held last week, Bezos disclosed that even if he cannot establish those partnerships, he will continue his current trend of selling $1bn (£750m) worth of stocks of Amazon annually to fund the efforts of Blue Origin.
So far, the online retail giant has committed to building landers and rockets, with the short-term objective of cutting down the cost of access to space. However, Bezos aims to build a way for millions of people to live and work in space for the future, leaving the Earth zoned for light industrial and residential use while the moon becomes a solar-powered centre of heavy industry.
Bezos explained: “We will have to leave this planet.
“We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better.”
He added: “The Earth is not a very good place to do heavy industry. It’s convenient for us right now, 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.”
Currently, Blue Origin has a lunar lander design that is in progress. It will be capable of delivering five tonnes of payload to the moon and is scheduled to be finished by the mid-2020s. It has suggested building this lander alongside a team from Nasa. However, Bezos has said that it will get built even if Nasa opts not to join the public-private partnership.
He commented: “We’ll do anything we need to do.
“One of two things will happen. Either other people will take over the vision, or I’ll run out of money.”