All of a sudden, practically all the affluent staff (American billionaires) are making a trip to Space to perhaps have a vibe of how this planet looks like. Jeff Bezos visited with his Blue Origin spaceship, then followed Richard Branson- who additionally traveled to the space with his Virgin Galactic flight.
As though that was faily enough, but recently, billionaire Elon Musk also got the temporary fad together with his SpaceX rocket following a three-roadtrip actually financed by Jared Isaacman, an extremely rich person who was joined on the trip by three other regular citizens.
Surprisingly, the assessed cost was an astounding $55 million for each seat, ahead of the trip to space. These excursions appears not just for the fun purposes, but for some expected profits.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has already sold about 600 tickets to individuals who will pay the expense of a house to be travelers on future flights. Also, the sticker price per Virgin Galactic ticket is allegedly somewhere in the range of $200,000 and $250,000. Indeed, these billionaires have to some degree increased their fortunes by over 50%.
Richard Branson’s wealth jumped from $113 billion to $178 billion between March 2020 and March 2021. For Bezos, per ProPublica, he paid a “true tax rate” of .98% between 2014 and 2018, while Musk paid only 3.27% in taxes in that same timeframe. The entirety of that really makes this prideful space race that a lot harder to support.
Space race began a long while back, where most Americans of repute went on that excursion. So this isn’t so new. At the time, President Kennedy revealed to Americans that:
“We choose to go to the moon” not because it’s “easy” but because it’s “hard.” Kennedy vowed “to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills” as Americans embarked “on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure that man has ever gone.”
Strangely, in this current allotment, these well off titans some way some how, needed their particular organizations to get the space contract, yet NASA went with Musk’s SpaceX.
That didn’t agree with Bezos, leading his company to file a federal lawsuit in August claiming the contract was unfairly awarded to Musk’s company. There’s right now an October 12 cutoff time for the court to react to the charges.
Perhaps there will be some benefits from the billionaires’ space race that will trickle down to the masses. But the current billionaire boys club battle just makes us more aware the gap between the wealthy and rest of us is getting as wide as the distance between our planet and a billionaire’s spacecraft in flight.