Comparison of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s Visions for Space Colonization

Cut the Cost of Access to Space

Both Bezos and Musk identify the key problem why the space age never really happened. It has been far too expensive to launch things into space. People can dream up all sorts of amazing space bases, lunar or Mars colonies. But until there is an affordable way of getting all those parts up into space, it isn’t going to happen.

What is the Purpose of the Cost Reduction?

Here is were the visions diverge. Elon Musk has a concrete easy to grasp goal: He wants to colonize Mars. That is easy to pitch and grasp for people. Elon’s reasons for this is basically that we should not put all our eggs in one basked. Maintain human civilization on just one planet is in Elon Musk’s view bad risk management. An asteroid impact, global thermonuclear war or whatever calamity one can imagine could wipe out all of humanity for good.

  1. Somebody had already invented computers and made them cheap enough to put on every desk. Now there was a way to look at Amazon products.
  2. The credit card system was already in place which made it possible Amazon to receive payments.
  3. A global transport system existed which allowed them to ship out packages.

Human Colonization of the Solar System

Elon Musk’s vision is clear. Jeff Bezos’ view is less clear. My own interpretation is that they both have similar long term vision. The whole solar system filled with space colonies.

Which Vision Appeals Most to Me?

I think I would have to call it a tie, with perhaps some preference for Elon Musk. I think Jeff Bezos’ vision is the most realistic and logical one. It simply isn’t obvious why anybody would want to live on Mars.

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Erik Engheim

Erik Engheim

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