The anniversary of the landing of the Apollo moon is a huge leap for space billionaires as a small step towards space travel.

Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson vividly demonstrated this month that approaching the nearest sky looked safe and, most importantly, a lark. There are so many problems on the planet that it is a relief to let them go even for 10 minutes, which was about the length of suburban rides offered by businessmen to related companies, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.

But outside the array was a message: the Amazonisation of space has begun with enthusiasm. What used to be a large government sector is now growing into a big tech sector. The people who sold you the internet will now sell you the moon and stars.

Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon and still its largest shareholder, made it clear in a news conference after Tuesday’s flight that Blue Origin is open for business. Although tickets were not generally available, sales of the flights were already close to 100 million. Mr. Bezos did not say what the price of each was but added, “Demand is very high.”

That was the demand even before Van Horn came to Texas, for the world media’s extensive and adaptive coverage of Shree. Bezos did something Mr. Branson did it in New Mexico weeks ago. They watched carefully the orchestrated event, which included a trip with the world’s oldest astronaut and the world’s oldest, with 200 200 million in philanthropic service.

Even Elon Musk, the chief executive of rival SpaceX and sometimes Shree’s suspect. Bezos’ spatial dreams, felt compelling Congratulations to her. So what Mr. Branson, who had the right to brag before his flight. Mr. Kasturi went to see Shree. Branson off.

All of this space activity is meant to start something new, but also a replay of the 1990s. At the turn of the decade, the Internet was a government property devoted to research and communications for a few. By the end thank you Mr. Bezos more than anyone, it was a place for everyone to buy things. Over the next 20 years, tech grew and became big tech, provoking the mutual fear that Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple Paul are now too powerful.

Outer space can now embark on a similar journey from the border to big business.

For decades, NASA did not receive enough funding to do something as epic as the Apollo program. The Trump administration ordered the moon to return by 2024. The Biden administration has endorsed the goal, but not the date. If it happens at all, it will be with the help of companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin. Unlike the Apollo project in the 1960s, the next trip to the moon will be outsourced.

Small space venture is also open to more wide-ranging entrepreneurs.

“If you look at where space is today, especially considering the activities of Earth’s orbit, it’s really like the early days of the Internet,” said West Griffin, Axiom’s chief financial officer. The first commercial space station.

The commercialization of space began during the boom of the 1990s, but it was a success. This month’s flights date back to 1996, when the non-profit organization X-Prize announced a contest: the first non-governmental organization to build a reusable spacecraft ને 10 million, which could take anyone to an altitude of 100 kilometers or 62.5 miles, and then It will again in less than two weeks.

The spacecraft was built in 2004 under the leadership of designer Bert Rutten, an aerospace engineer who previously designed the Voyager aircraft, which flew around the world without a rookie or refuel. The money was provided by Pall Allen, co-founder of Micro .ft, who died in 2018.

X Prize Mr. Branson’s interest, too. He trademarked “Virgin Galactic Airways” in 1999, and was licensed as a spaceship on technology. Mr. Branson hoped the larger version could launch commercial flights in three years. It took 17 years instead.

Megan Crawford, managing partner of the venture capital firm, is trying to commercialize space by creating everything from start-ups’ swollen ecosystems, from cheap launch technology to small satellites to the “pick axes and shovels” of space gold rush. Spacefund, lays.

“People are moving around: ‘This is a huge space industry. Where did it come from ” Ms. Crawford said. “Well, it’s organized and purposefully built, and we’ve worked hard over the last 30 years to get here.”

According to space analytics company Bryce Tech, investors raised સ્ટ 7 billion in space start-ups in 2020, doubling the amount from just two years ago.

“What we’re trying to do now is do what Jeff and Richard and Elon did 20 years ago, just to create great businesses, except we’ve been building businesses in space from the beginning and they’ve built their businesses on Earth.” A start-up is focused on providing smaller, cheaper and more frequent launches, said Chris Kempe, Astra’s chief executive.

The first space race, which lengthened the 1960s and then ran out of steam in the 1970s, pitted the United States government against a rare and charmless Soviet Union. The Americans won that race, although critics argued that it was all the fault of an era when issues of many eras needed attention and money.

At this time? Very similar, Although now it is personal. An application has been requested that Mr. Bezos is not allowed to return to Earth, 180,000 virtual signatures have been drawn. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, Tweeted: “It’s time for Jeff Bezos to take care of business here on earth and pay his fair share of taxes.”

Mr. Musk Tweeted the defense of space projects That poet E.E. Written in a laconic style reminiscent of Cummings:

Who attack space

Maybe that’s not the concept

Space represents hope

For many

More than a quarter-million “likes” in tweets Yet answers like this: “No one is attacking space. We are attacking the billionaires who have amassed huge fortunes on the backs of an exploited workforce. “

In an interview with CNN on Monday from the Texas launch site, Mr. Bezos said his critics were “mostly right.”

“We both have to do it,” he said. “We have many problems here and now on earth, and we need to work on them. And we always need to look to the future. “

But it is clear from what point of view his attention is drawn. In 1982, as his high school classmate Veladict or Ryan, Mr. Bezos talked about the importance of creating life in a huge floating space colony for millions of people. “The whole idea is to save the planet,” the Miami Herald quoted him as saying at the time, adding that his ultimate goal was to see the planet “turned into a huge national park.”

Mr. Bezos said much the same this week. It was a utopian dream with many intricate dynamic parts – like on a small size, the idea of ​​a retailer that sells everything to everyone and delivers in hours. And to everyone’s surprise, he did it.

Mr. Branson has launched another spaceflight, the Virgin Orbit, which launches small payloads into orbit. He did not hint at a grand vision like Shri. Kasturi and Shri. Bezos to spread culture in the solar system.

Mr. Musk’s dreams of Mars began with a small quizzic quest: he wanted to send a plant to Mars and see if it could grow there. But even the cost of starting a small experiment was prohibitive. Even in Russia the options were out of reach. So Mr. Musk founded SpaceX in 2002.

Today, he wants to send plants to Mars, not people. SpaceX is currently developing Starship, which is big enough for travel, and Starlink, a satellite internet star, aims to make the profits needed to raise money for Mars projects.

As it pursues those goals, the company has become more exciting in the space business. NASA relies on SpaceX rockets and capsules to send astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station, and private, government and military satellite operators launch a reusable Falcon 9 booster rocket into orbit.

NASA recently awarded a contract to SpaceX to use its Starship prototype for the lunar program. The deal was challenged by Blue Origin and another firm, Dynamics. For all the camaraderie on display this week, billionaires are playing to win.

Kenneth Chang Contributed report.