Published On: Mon, Oct 15th, 2018

Bezos Touts Plans to Help Populate Solar System

Mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos is predicting a population explosion of 1 trillion humans in the solar system one day — and says his rocket company, Blue Origin, will help pave the way.

In remarks at the 25th anniversary summit of tech site Wired in San Francisco, the Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post conceded he likely won’t be around to see the success of Blue Origin’s “long-term mission,” CNBC reported.

But, he declared, “We are starting to bump up against the absolute true fact that Earth is finite."

Bezos told the summit that Blue Origin's aim is to lower the cost of access to space, and that he’ll spend just over $ 1 billion next year to support the company.

"The dynamism that I have seen over the last 20 years in the internet where incredible things have happened in really short periods of time," Bezos said, CNBC reported. "We need thousands of companies. We need the same dynamism in space that we've seen online over the last 20 years. And we can do that."

Elon Musk's SpaceX and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic are also eyeing commercial space travel, CNBC noted — and Bezos called his company’s effort "the most important thing" he’s working on.

CNBC reported last week the Air Force selected Blue Origin and others to develop a domestic launch system prototype. The Pentagon deal awards Blue Origin $ 500 million for the development of the New Glenn rocket.

"We are going to continue to support the [Department of Defense]," Bezos told the summit, CNBC reported. "If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the U.S. Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble."

Though Silicon Valley tech workers have pushed back against defense contracts, Bezos defended them.

"I know everybody's very conflicted about the current politics in this country and so on. This country is a gem," Bezos said. "This is a great country. And it does need to be defended."

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Bezos Touts Plans to Help Populate Solar System