Bernie Sanders, a US Senator from Vermont, is concerned that private space companies NASA as an electronic box to finance their latest ventures. The perspectives of space tourism and colonization – the new idea that humans can travel privately in space for recreational and colonial purposes – are destined to become a reality, supported by well-funded private companies. Elon Musk is the chief executive of SpaceX, which will lead the race to colonize Mars and take advantage of the potential that exists beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Jeff Bezos will lead Blue Origin, another space exploration company specializing in tourism that sold a pass to the space last year for $28 million. The donations from both companies are among the richest men in the world, but in addition, SpaceX and Blue Origin are subsidized by the US government.
SpaceX and Blue Origin continue to develop the landing technologies needed to realize their grand plans for commercial spaceflight, but NASA and the US government support them. Rather than explore space as a whole — as was the case during the original spaceflight of the 1960s — NASA often presented its projects to private companies. For example, SpaceX was awarded a contract worth nearly $200 million to explore a moon around the planet Jupiter. One of the two Blue Origin contracts reached US$130 million to contribute to a low ground orbite commercial space (LEO). According to Sanders, competition for federal contracts has been fueled in legal discussions, as space exploration companies are already thriving with NASA funding — at the expense of US contributors.
Sanders believes the attempt to privatize the space industry has resulted in unfair costs from the federal government and two backers. For example, he wrote in an editorial opinion column published by The guard. †I was concerned that NASA had a small tornado instead of an electronic box to power a spacecraftSanders said, pointing out the difference between the current competition and the original international rivalry.Nnot between the US and other countries, but between the two richest men in America – Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who together made more than 450 billion dollars.“The senator asks a very valid question: Why is it the responsibility of the US government to fund two of the richest men’s companies in the world?
As justification for his dissatisfaction with US investment in private space companies, Sanders points to the wealth of Musk and Bezos. It is ultimately worth more than US$180 billion and receives federal funding for its Blue Origin space company, in addition to owning luxury properties and significant capital. That’s all without contributing to the taxes paid for this funding, Sanders says. †In any given year he paid no federal income tax,“These Sanders.”It’s the donation from Amazon, which has also paid no federal income tax in any given year after paying the bills in profit.“In the same way that private space exploration is structured today, it means billionaires can make huge profits without investing these returns in their companies. In the meantime, the federal government — or, yes, NASA — is taking on the amount of capital investment needed to advance space technology for corporate profits.
The biggest problem Sanders points out is the issue of space ownership. The federal government contributes financial activities to private companies, but does not return this investment, despite the gains from the spatial economy. In 2018, private companies will earn US$92 billion in assets accumulated in a space that Sanders says would not be possible without federal aid. Even physical purchases in space are not subject to government control – the 2015 Space Act allows private companies to retain properties and land discovered in space. He demanded that the executive branch of the US government “to facilitate the commercial exploration and recovery of space resources by United States citizens,And Sanders noted that this was practically unquestionable in the Senate plenary session.
The crux of Sanders’ argument is that the potential benefits of spatial exploration should benefit the country as a whole, not just men or businesses. Since a NASA and the federal government funded much of the claims developed by private companies, the senator’s thinking is incredibly coherent. †When we take the next great leap into space, we will do it to benefit all of humanity, not to turn a network of billionaires into billionaires,Sanders concluded. The US senator suggests Congress will engage in a “serious debate” on the issue, to consider handing over $10 billion in compensation to space company Blue Origin de Bezos.
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