Prince William chides billionaire space race after Blue Origin flight

Prince William photographed throughout a go to to Dulwich Hamlet FC in south London on September 23, 2021.

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Prince William seems to have taken a swipe on the space tourism espoused by a few of the world’s most high-profile billionaires.

Speaking to the BBC, William said: “We’ve seen everyone trying to get space tourism going … we need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

The Duke of Cambridge’s feedback — which have been broadcast in full on Thursday — are available the identical week that the 90-year-old actor William Shatner was launched into space by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

In a nose to nose dialog with Bezos after returning to Earth, Shatner mentioned: “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened.” Bezos himself undertook a spaceflight on July 20.

On July 11, a Virgin Galactic spacecraft carrying the billionaire Richard Branson, amongst others, completed a spaceflight. Another billionaire concerned within the sector is Elon Musk, by means of SpaceX.  

While these firms have generated a big quantity of publicity and curiosity, it seems the second in line to the British throne is not going to be utilizing their companies anytime quickly.

William was asked by the BBC if he want to be a space vacationer sooner or later. “I have absolutely no interest in going that high,” he replied. The BBC additionally reported him as stating there was a “fundamental question” associated to the carbon footprint of such journeys. 

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Bezos has himself addressed considerations across the sorts of endeavors corporations equivalent to Blue Origin are actually concerned in.

In an interview with NCS in July prior to his trip, it was put to him that critics have been calling such flights to space “joyrides for the wealthy” and that his time, cash and power can be higher spent specializing in Earth-based issues.

“Well, I say they’re largely right,” he replied. “We have to do both … we have lots of problems in the here and now on Earth and we need to work on those, and we always need to look to the future — we’ve always done that as a species, as a civilization. We have to do both.”

The Duke of Cambridge shouldn’t be the one member of Britain’s royal household to precise views on the surroundings. In Sept. 2020, his father, Prince Charles, called for a “Marshall-like plan for nature, people and planet.”

Earlier this week, Charles told the BBC: “My old Aston Martin, which I’ve had for 51 years, runs on, can you believe this, surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process.”


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