Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, traveled to space a week ago aboard his own spaceship and now he has made an incredible financial offer to NASA. How much money has he offered to build a base on the moon?
As three billionaires: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson compete to win the space tourism race, the former Amazon CEO now wants NASA to hire him. How many millions has he offered to the agency to entrust him with the task?
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the space travel company Blue Origin, proposed that NASA not accept payments of millions of dollars in exchange for a contract to build a lander on the moon, to bring astronauts to said satellite.
Bezos said his company, Blue Origin, would forego receiving payments of up to $ 2 billion from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration during this and the next two government fiscal years.
In the proposal, Blue Origin would also finance a mission to low Earth orbit and in return asked for a fixed-price contract from the government space agency.
"This offer is not a postponement, but a permanent and total waiver of those payments," Bezos said in an open letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
It should be remembered that, in April, NASA gave SpaceX, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, a $ 2.89 billion contract to build the next lunar lander, under its Human Landing Systems program.
"Instead of this single-source approach, NASA should embrace its original strategy of competition," Bezos said, according to CNBC. “Without competition, a short time into the contract, NASA will find itself with limited options as it attempts to negotiate missed deadlines, design changes, and cost overruns,” he added.
Just a week ago, the millionaire and his travel companions were able to float in microgravity for a couple of minutes before the capsule they were traveling in returned and landed after a 10-minute, 10-second flight.
Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are the only two entrepreneurs who are selling space travel. Branson's Virgin Galactic company has already sold flights for prices ranging from $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 and Blue Origin has sold nearly $ 100 million in tickets for future passenger flights.