The battle between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk continues. Rather, the space race between their companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, respectively, signals a bright and clear winner: SpaceX.
For theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Musk’s SpaceX has a “huge advantage” over Bezos’ Blue Origin. Speaking to Fox Business On Varney & Co. on Wednesday, October 13, Kaku confidently noted that SpaceX is a leader in the “battle of billionaires.”
“They’ve been around the Earth a few times, going to the space station. In fact, the last launch they even went through the Hubble Space Telescope; that’s how far it went into space. Also, Elon Musk sells tickets to the moon, and “A Japanese billionaire actually bought all the tickets for the first flight to the moon,” Kaku said.
Kaku is not wrong. SpaceX has launched a number of missions with a crew in orbit, as well as successfully launched the world’s first fully civilian mission in orbit around the Earth, Inspiration 4, where they spent three days in space and moving rapidly toward its goal of developing a heavy launch vehicle to send astronauts to NASA back to the moon in 2024.
In contrast, Blue Origin launches civilians into space, with famous actor William Shatner on board, on October 13 for 3 minutes and 30 seconds before returning to Earth. Compared to SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission, which lasted three days, the leadership is quite clear between the two companies.
As Kaku said, “So none of that, climb for three minutes and go back down. No, we’re talking about the moon now.”
And the race between Bezos and Musk is not just in the space department. There is a project by Bezos Kuiper and Starlink by Musk battle for satellite internet, too. Last year, Bezos’ Amazon has acquired a self-driving Zoox launchwhich led Musk to call Bezos a “copy” on Twitter in connection with its Tesla software. Not to mention their close fight for the title of the richest man on Earth.
The two billionaire entrepreneurs may be interested in similar progress, but when it comes to space, as Kaku commented, Musk’s SpaceX is miles ahead.