While the space race was a product of the hasty steps taken by countries in the past to leave each other behind, today private companies are sitting on the table. Thanks to the point of science and technology, we are taking a bigger step every day and on what might happen in the future we have various scenarios.
SpaceX and Blue Origin have a big share in creating these scenarios. But truth be told, the real influence and power In the hands of SpaceX. So why?
The answer to the question is hidden in a conversation between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos:
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the two most important names of the space race, They met at a dinner in 2004 and talked about their space plans. This conversation was the scene of a conversation summarizing the point the duo has reached in the space race. But before we get into the conversation, let’s take a look at the duo’s steps into the space race.
Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000. Its aim is to develop technologies that will benefit from the unlimited resources of space. was to save the world. Musk, on the other hand, wanted to go to space for a different purpose; colonizing Mars and making humanity a multi-planetary species. For this purpose, SpaceX was founded 18 months after Blue Origin.
The two met at a dinner in 2004 to talk about their goals and talk about space. At that time, SpaceX had not yet launched any rockets and was continuing its tests in Texas. Bezos and Musk, r. about socket architecture and technology they chatted a lot.
Bezos did not listen to Musk’s suggestions:
However, according to what Musk told, Bezos and Blue Origin were making plans to take wrong steps. Musk tells Bezos some of the things they’re planning have already tried’ and said they gave up because it wasn’t wise, it didn’t work. And added; ‘Don’t do the stupid things we do’. However, according to Musk, Bezos refused to listen to his suggestions. It really did.
The detail that allows Musk and his company SpaceX to leave Blue Origin behind is actually hidden in this conversation. Bezos From Musk’s experience did not want to directly apply the lessons he had obtained. Because he was determined to try and fail and find his own way no matter what. However, this perspective lost time against SpaceX.
While SpaceX was the bunny in this race, Blue Origin was a turtle. They really made this their motto. In the ‘welcome letter’ sent by Blue Origin to the employees who joined the team, ‘ indeed ‘ be a turtle’ was included. The letter, on the other hand, talked about Blue Origin as a company that wants to progress slowly and step by step.
As Blue Origin swept like a turtle, SpaceX took the lead in the race:
Jeff Bezos’ philosophy of making mistakes and discovering his own truth and ‘progressing with a turtle’s pace’ put him back in the race. On the contrary, Musk was taking quick steps with a very aggressive attitude. Four years after the couple’s dinner date, SpaceX has successfully launched its first had succeeded in taking a big step.
Next The achievements of SpaceX came back to back. SpaceX, which started to run almost in the race with its growing team and projects, was established in 2017. While a large company with 5000 employees Blue Origin was a company with 1000 employees in the same year.
If Blue Origin But 7 years after SpaceX made its first launch in 2015. Meanwhile, SpaceX sent a spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2012, developed a vertical landing rocket in 2016, and launched its first ‘reusable rocket’ in 2017. Then, SpaceX, which appeared with Falcon Heavy in 2018, carried astronauts to the International Space Station in 2020.
Bezos got smart, albeit late:
While all this was going on, Bezos realized that he had fallen behind in the race, albeit late Decided to speed up a bit in 2017 and selling some of Amazon’s shares, raising funds for Blue Origin. Bezos, who suddenly became aggressive, began to steal SpaceX’s employees. Bezos, who added engineers from SpaceX to his team with much higher salary offers, has not yet succeeded in getting ahead of SpaceX despite all these steps.
Bezos now On July 20 will go into space with his brother and two more people. That would make him the second billionaire to go into space. Richard Branson and Musk, who first went to space last week, will also go to space with Virgin Galactic in the coming period. However, we do not yet know when this will happen.