New York The first paying customer of Jeff Bezos’ space adventure is from the old world. As the Amazon founder and boss announced on Tuesday, the European satellite operator Eutelsat is the first customer of its space company Blue Origin. The billionaires’ rocket race is taking off.
Space rockets are the new hobby of American billionaires. In addition to Bezos, Tesla founder Elon Musk is also investing in private space travel with his SpaceX. Musk is primarily focusing on tourism and plans to have the first two private individuals circled the moon at the end of 2018. In the long term, Musk even wants to send people to Mars. British billionaire Richard Branson is also involved in all-tourism with his Virgin Galactic.
Jeff Bezos founded his space company Blue Origin back in 2000. The agreement with Eutelsat could pave the way for further satellite operators. Blue Origin is slated to launch the first satellite into orbit in 2021.
For this purpose, Eutelsat wants to use the new New Glenn rocket, which is named after the astronaut and later Senator John Glenn. According to Blue Origin, this is a reusable rocket that can fly into space up to 100 times. Eutelsat’s CEO Rodolphe Belmer called the collaboration with Blue Origin part of the “innovation strategy that lowers the cost of access to space”.
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Bezos says he has been fascinated by space since he watched the moon landing on television as a 5-year-old. Therefore, he not only wants to bring satellites into space, but also tourists – and perhaps himself. In the medium term, Blue Origin wants to offer moon flights that are to land at a crater at the south pole of the moon.
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One thing seems clear: a vacation in space remains expensive fun for private individuals. Experts estimate the price of a ticket to orbit the moon at between $ 80 million and $ 100 million. This corresponds roughly to what NASA pays the Russians when a US astronaut flies to the “ISS”.
The prices of Branson’s Virgin Galactic, on the other hand, seem almost a bargain: he wants customers to visit the world from around a hundred kilometers away. The price is $ 250,000 and more than 600 people are already on the waiting list, including US actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher.