Posted 10 months ago | by Catoshi Nakamoto
The Cold War saw the US and Soviet Union battle it out for supremacy in almost every arena. From nuclear might, to culture – even chess. But the competition that most captured the public imagination was undoubtedly the Space Race, which saw these two superpowers going all out for ultimate bragging rights. Because let’s face it: space is badass. But a new space race is upon us. Only this time it’s not playing out between nations… but corporations. And more specifically, three billionaire bond villains looking to take their legacies to the next level.Read More
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First on the list is former Amazon CEO and current richest man in the world, Lex Luthor. Otherwise known as Jeff Bezos. His company Blue Origin was founded in 2000 with a view developing new rocket propulsion systems and launch vehicles for use in commercial space travel. But Bezos’s extraterrestrial ambitions can be traced all the way back to 1982. In an interview with a local paper after being named class valedictorian, an 18-year old Bezos said he one day planned to build space hotels, amusement parks and colonies for 2 million or 3 million people. You can read all about it in this article from the Washington Post. Owned by, you guessed it – Jeff Bezos.
This month will see Blue Origin make history by launching the world’s first unpiloted suborbital flight. Due to take off from a remote desert site in Van Horn, Texas, the New Shepard Spacecraft, which looks a bit like… a tube of toothepaste… will carry four ordinary civilians to the very edge of space. I say ordinary, but these include Bezos himself, his brother Mark, as well as 83-year-old Wally Funk, who will become not only the oldest person to go to space, but also the person with the coolest name. News reports recently emerged that the fourth and final crew member, who paid a handsome 28 million dollars to secure their spot on the New Shepard, has had to pull out because ‘they’re busy’. Busy? Busy?
What is this, a high school reunion? Having said that, if the Hawks were in the NBA finals on the day I was due to take a rocket ship, I’d find myself in one heck of a jam. All this means one lucky and outrageously rich 18-year-old has been drafted in to fill the last spot. Meaning the New Shepard passengers will set three highly impressive records: the oldest person to go into space, the youngest, and also… the baldest. Bezos is of course known around the world for starting Amazon, and in recent months has started up lots of rumors about possible Bitcoin purchases not just for himself, but for Amazon as well. None of those rumors have been substantiated but Bezos crypto journey does stop there. There have been plenty of rumors around Bezos and Amazon getting into Dogecoin or even making their own Amazon currency. Bezos and Amazon making a cryptocurrency would make sense given Blue Origins goals to “build a road to space”. Looks like that road my have a toll. And you’d be paying in crypto.
Bezos must have been pretty stoked to become the first billionaire tycoon to leave earth’s atmosphere. But one pesky Brit decided he wasn’t about to lose out to this bald American eagle. Richard Branson snaked Bezos to the finish line last week by joining the Fantastic Four aboard the VSS Unity. For anyone who hasn’t seen footage from the mission, it’s pretty amazing stuff. And with commercial flights available to the public from as early as next year, who knows… when the bull market recovers, crypto investors might just be able to give a whole new meaning to the term ‘moon bags.’ And to help give our content here at BitBoy Crypto the rocket fuel we need to blast through Youtube’s algorithm, remember to hit that like button and smash that subscribe.
Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital flight was originally scheduled for the end of the month, but after Blue Origin announced they’d be taking off on July 20th, it seems they decided to bring things forward by a few weeks in order to get that coveted spot in the Guinness Book of Records. Poor Jeff. It’s the second time I’ve ever felt anything close to sympathy for the guy. The first being his currently held record of ‘World’s Most Expensive Divorce Settlement’, to the tune of 38 billion.
Ouch. And to lose out to Richard Branson, a man with a glorious head of hair and a puny, pathetic fortune of a meagre 5 billion dollars… it must have stung. Just check out Blue Origin’s salty twitter feed, which has been taking some thinly veiled jabs at Virgin Galactic about whether they were technically in space at all. Yes, apparently only 4% of the world consider space as beginning 50 miles above the earth’s surface, below what is known as the Kármán line. This is clearly ludicrous. Because there’s no way that 4% of the world’s population have ever heard of the Karman line. Not me though, obviously – I knew all about it. As far as the space billionaires go, Branson has been the quietest when it comes to Cryptoassets. Besides declaring that he personally owns Bitcoin, how much…we don’t know. Branson has also said that Virgin Galactic will accept Bitcoin for space flights. This was over 7 years ago. So Branson has had laser eyes for quite a while.
Last of the space-faring billionaires is the dark lord himself, Saturday Night Live star Elon Musk. You’ve all heard of Space X and their plans to make a memecoin legal tender on Mars, but while Branson was having the time of his life enjoying zero gravity, Elon was having significantly less fun in a Delaware courtroom. And no, despite the uncanny resemblance, I can confirm that he wasn’t being questioned by Jeff Bezos. The hearing concerned Tesla’s acquisition of the solar panel firm SolarCity, which some shareholders believed to be a kind of proxy bailout, not least considering the company was founded in 2006 by Peter and Lyndon Rive, who just so happen to be Elon Musk’s cousins. Apparently things got a little heated too, with Musk calling the plaintiff’s attorney and professional Jeff Bezos lookalike, ‘a bad human’. Always a good move. To add insult to injury, proceedings came to a halt after somebody actually puked in court. Maybe they were just checking their portfolio balance.
Elon’s forays into crypto are well documented, and he’s lost a lot of fans and “gravitas” after a series of bizarre tweets appeared to tank the market in May. Some have even suggested Elon should colonize mars himself, with a population of one. But what about Bezos? Surely the world’s wealthiest man and founder of the most successful online marketplace would have dipped his toes into crypto by now. Well, whether Amazon actually have any Bitcoin on their balance sheets remains to be seen. But it’s obvious that blockchain is going to revolutionize logistics and hyper efficient logistics is what Amazon is becoming known for. For those interested, we recently did a video on why blockchain technology is set to revolutionize the logistics industry, and could be the ultimate solution for the tricky business of modern supply chains. We even offer our top picks on which tokens we think are most likely to play a key role.
It’s early days for commercial space travel, but it’s safe to say this was the month it well and truly began. It’s exciting stuff. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I personally can’t wait to to go to the moon. In more ways than one.
That’s all from me. Be Blessed. BitBoy out.