The Tesla and SpaceX boss said on Thursday that Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos’s idea for how humans will eventually live in space “makes no sense.” Elon Musk was asked for his views on O’Neil structures, the cylindrical orbiting space colonies, that Jeff Bezos had talked about in recent weeks. Mr Musk replied: “Makes no sense.
“In order to grow the colony, you’d have to transport vast amounts of mass from planets, moons, asteroids.
“Would be like trying to build the USA in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!”
Mr Bezos’s idea to use self-sufficient, cylindrical structures that float in space, like those designed by Princeton physics professor Gerard O’Neil has been visualised in Science Fiction, such as Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been involved in a Twitter feud over recent years, but it wasn’t always this way.
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Back in 2004, the two CEOs actually had dinner together and talked over ideas.
But, today, instead of passing ideas, they’re berating each other for the world to see on social media.
Both are in a race to make space travel more affordable.
And as each company continues to grow and expand, that race is heating up.
The Amazon founder found time to also criticise Elon Musk’s play for making humanity a multi-planetary species.
According to the Business Insider, at a private lecture in NYC in February, Mr Bezos criticised Mr Musk’s goal to colonise Mars, saying that: “My friends who want to move to Mars?
“I say do me a favour, go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year first and see if you like it because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars.”
But, behind the scenes, their visions aren’t all that different.
They both want to expand humanity out into the void, so humans can have a bigger bolder future.
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