Could Expanding in Space Be the Answer?


Erika Arseneault


     Exploit natural resources from space to save our own planet? Jeff Bezos believes that’s what could possibly save and help preserve the earth. 


     On September 8 in 2000, Jeff Bezos, the creator and principal shareholder of created an American society named Blue Origin with the main goal to develop new technologies to lower the cost of access to space.


     Jeff Bezos had this idea because he has the vision of building a future where billions of people are working and living in space to the advantage of our planet. Blue origin truly believes that humanity will have to find new material resources, find new types of energy and move polluting industries, all of that in space.


     «We’re committed to building a road to space so our children can build the future.»   Says their website.


     Blue Origin wants that going into space doesn’t cost too much money, so they build their own reusable suborbital rocket system named New Shepard, after astronaut Alan Shepard. It was designed to take astronauts and research payloads in space.


     New Shepard was designed to take 6 people at a time past the atmosphere into space. From previous flight tests, capsules can reach an altitude of more than 34,000 feet.


    On May 5th which is the 60th anniversary of the Mercury-Redstone 3 flight, Blue Origin announced that on July 20th New Shepard will fly its first crew to space and they’re offering a passenger seat on the first flight to the highest bidder on their online auction.


     Offers can go up to 50,000$ then on May 19th, Blue Origin will hold a public bidding process. On June 12th the bidding will conclude with a live auction. The winning bid amount will be collected by Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future.


     Could Blue Origin’s mission change things for the earth? Could Jeff Bezos’ vision improve the health of our planet and enable a better future for other generations?