It is becoming increasingly obvious to those following the story that there is more to the so-called retirement of Jeff Bezos from Amazon than meets the eye.
The smart money is on the fact that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are now seriously competing on the legacy project of who gets bragging rights in the history books over making humanity a multi-planet species, and Jeff got tired of Elon handing him his arse on a plate.
Jeff’s firm, Blue Origin, has a Latin motto which basically means slow but steady with an added pinch of perseverance and not giving up,
I’m not sure if SpaceX has a motto, but if it does, it would have to be the Latin for, “Let’s blow some shit up and iterate pragmatically along the way.”
So far, Elon’s way seems to be the winning formula in terms of getting to space faster. But is this one of those tortoise and the hare stories, where Jeff will now catch up with his hand firmly on the rudder of his starship, less distracted by affairs at Amazon?
The two men who have been vying with each other for the title of the world’s richest man, now have something else to compete over.
Will it be Elon’s vision of a Mars that could have come straight out of the Expanse TV series and books? Or could it be Jeff’s vision which looks a lot more like the big floating habitats out of Interstellar?
Whichever of them wins the space race, it’s going to be a fascinating few years either way. And, dare I suggest, that whoever takes the prize, is the rest of us who will all eventually be the winners.