The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has said that the industrial economy is key to expanding into space.In an interview at the Code Conference in California, he spoke about Blue Origin, the SpaceX competitor company that he is a part of, and why Mars is the next frontier. He also said the answer to energy is in space and industry would move into space instead of staying on earth. Ready to become astronauts, engineers?
Bezos spoke candidly to an interviewer overseen by a large audience. He said: "Energy is limited here. In at least a few hundred years...all of our heavy industry will be moved off-planet. Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial. You shouldn't be doing heavy energy on earth. We can build gigantic chip factories in space. We don't have to build them here."
Then Bezos referenced solar energy and the future it has: "The Earth shades itself...in space you can get solar power 24/7. The problem with other planets...people will visit Mars, and we settle Mars, and people should because it's cool, but for heavy industry, I would actually put it in space." He does have a point, however. If enough solar panels can be put into space - and in perfect positionings - 24/7 solar power could be a possibility. Engineers, get to work!
It's not just you...it does sound like Jeff Bezos is rambling. However, this is just Bezos talking candidly about things that Elon Musk is trying to do and hoping he can be in that golden circle of engineers that are pushing our world forward..
Meanwhile, SpaceX and Elon Musk have successfully landed another Falcon (which can be seen here) on a barge and have reiterated that they plan on getting to Mars as soon as 2018. Tech Insider has put a good video on YouTube, showing the exact type of rocket that SpaceX wants to send to Mars.