Our ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space, says Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com has envisioned 'millions' of people living in orbit as Blue Origin, his exploration company, and other commercial ventures have developed spacecraft to make travel more widely available.
On Tuesday, Bezos said investment from rich entrepreneurs with a passion for space will lead into an era wherein leaving the Earth's atmosphere would be available to everyone.
Previously, he made an announcement that Blue Origin will invest €180m million into a new rocket assembly facility and launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
During a rare, 30-minute interview in Florida with reporters after the Blue Origin announcement, Bezos said that their ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space,. He said that they have a long way to go.
Presently there are just six people in space, who are trying to spend a year on the International Space Station for helping researchers understand how humans react to long-duration spaceflight. Two of them are the US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.
The 51-year-old CEO said that when he was a young boy he used to watch rockets on television and became enamored with space exploration, and thought by now they'd be gallivanting across the solar system.
Bezos mentioned that he feels lucks that the wealth he has made through Amazon has enabled him to pursue his passion for space. As per data compiled by Bloomberg, Bezos is the world's seventh-richest man.
Although there is a lot of competition in the race, Bezos said he has respect for others pursuing their interest in space, including founder of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, the CEO of Space Exploration Technologies.
He added that technology is going to advance more quickly with a number of people experimenting with different methods of space travel.