13 April 2016
The Denver Post reports that on Tuesday in his first appearance at the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos told the audience, “I want millions of people living and working in space. I want us to be a space-faring civilization,” adding, “I think we need to explore and utilize space in order to save the Earth.” Comparing his experiences in the e-commerce and commercial space industries, Bezos said in the case of Amazon, “There was a bunch of pieces already existing,” which facilitated the Internet retailer’s rapid growth, adding that in regards to space, “If you want to see a dynamic Golden Age where thousands of entrepreneurs can be doing really amazing things in space, we can’t do that yet. ... The big heavy-lifting pieces aren’t in place.” CNBC adds that Bezos said, “I think it’s just one big piece: We need much lower cost of access to space. It’s just still too expensive.” While recoverable rockets ought to reduce launch costs, Bezos “said the other hurdle to success is the lack of practice,” explaining, “I think it’s just one big piece: We need much lower cost of access to space. It’s just still too expensive.” (Image: NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver meets Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos next to Blue Origin's crew capsule along with other Blue Origin team members. 8 Dec. 2011. Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Wikimedia Commons)
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