Elon Musk, head of Spacex, recently moved from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas. In this state is the company's test facility, where the Starship ship and the SuperHeavy rocket are built, the most powerful space transport system in human history. Musk now wants to focus as much as possible on space technologies to organize the first in the 21st century astronaut flight to the Moon and the first ever to Mars.
Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon, has identical plans. He has just stepped down from the head of a global giant and will take care of Blue Origin, his company related to the space industry. The corporation intends to offer space tourism later this year to web engineering those who are bored with traveling around our planet and want to see it from the perspective of space, and even go to space hotels or the Moon and Mars.
Bezos also intends to create a space version of Amazon. In a few years, the company is to offer transport of goods and shipments to hotels in orbit and bases on the moon. Once the first colony on the Silver Globe is ready, fast and safe transportation, experiments, supplies and mining equipment will be needed. Bezos intends to double his fortune to nearly $ 200 billion, and he sees the way to do so in space tourism and logistics.
Blue Origin, a Bezosa company, is involved in the National Team project, one of the teams that NASA has selected to develop technologies to return to the moon. All indications are that next year a war may break out between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos over which of them will send people to the surface of the moon first. For now, the chances are even.
SpaceX is currently testing the Starship prototype and will soon launch SuperHeavy rockets at a facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Elon Musk has a slightly innovative and minimalist approach to flying to the Silver Globe and Mars. One but the most powerful rocket and spaceship in history is to make it possible.
Meanwhile, the HLS National Team, which includes Amazon CEO's Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Darper, are testing their New Glenn rocket, lander, service and return vehicle. We are talking about powerful corporations that have made futuristic air and space vehicle designs to their credit.
However, their approach is a bit more traditional. It is based on the concept from the Apollo program. Launching a manned lander, return vehicle and service vehicle into orbit will be possible using a variety of rockets, but not as powerful as the Starship SuperHeavy. It is about Space Launch System or New Glenn. Which solution will be the cheapest and most effective? We will find out in 2 years.
NASA intends to conduct a series of orbital experiments with SpaceX and the HLS National Team in 2023 on the possibility of refueling rockets in space, test flights of the moon and landings on its surface. In the meantime, missions will be sent by exploration robots that will choose the best place for the first landing of astronauts in the 21st century.