AMAZON boss Jeff Bezos has unveiled his plans to help humans colonise space.
Renderings of high-tech space habitats that humans can permanently live on were shown during a talk held by the American billionaire.
Blue Origin Jeff Bezos reckons his private space firm Blue Origins will one day help to build enormous space habitats for humans
Speaking in Washington DC, he outlined an ambitious vision for space colonisation fronted by his private space firm Blue Origin.
Huge sustainable habitats floating in space will hold cities, farmland and even national parks.
Housing “a million people or more each”, the stations could be positioned close to Earth so people can hop back and forth between them, Bezos claimed.
“If we’re out in the solar system, we can have a trillion humans in the solar system,” he said.
Blue Origin Some of the space habitats would contain enormous national parks
Getty Images – Getty Bezos was speaking at an event in Washington, DC
Having this many humans “means we’d have thousands of Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins. This would be an incredible civilisation,” he added.
Bezos, who’s worth £116billion, founded Blue Origin in 2000, initially focussing on suborbital flights that let tourists pay for short trips to the edge of space.
There are still flight tests to be done before one of these trips gets off the ground, but it seems Bezos has already set his sights on bigger things.
Last week, he unveiled a new lunar lander that he hopes will take mankind back to the moon in 2024.
And now it seems Blue Origin has gone full sci-fi with a series of designs for space habitats that humans can permanently live on.
Speaking at the event last Friday, Bezos said the bases would create artificial gravity by constantly rotating – an idea first put forward by physicist Gerard O’Neill, who Bezos studied under during his time at Princeton University.
Blue Origin Here’s an outside view of one of the space bases, looking into a city below
Blue Origin The project is backed by Bezos’ £116billion fortune
“These are very large structures, miles on end, and they hold a million people or more each,” Bezos said.
“Some of them would be more recreational – they don’t all have to have the same gravity – they can have a recreational one that keeps it zero-g so you can go flying with your own wings.”
He added that they’ll have the “ideal climate” at all times, “like Maui on its best day, all year long.”
The habitats are still a long way off, but Bezos reckons they’ll help humans escape Earth as resources on the planet dwindle.
“This is going to take a long time, this is a big vision,” Bezos said. “The price of admission to do interesting things in space right now is just too high.”
Bezos also unveiled Blue Origin’s moon mission plans last week.
Blue Origin The floating stations would rotate to create artificial gravity
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Origin’s lunar lander called Blue Moon
He showed off a life-size model of a robotic ship the size of a small house that he boldly claims will touch down on the moon within five years.
The firm is aiming to bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as Nasa’s proposed 2024 mission.
Bezos said: “It’s time to go back to the moon. This time to stay.”
He refrained from sharing details, including launch dates, customers and the plan for humans on his rockets.
AFP or licensors Bezos also unveiled a Blue Origin moon lander last week
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