American billionaires are investing in their country”s space project. They make money from other businesses and plough it into projects and investments that in future could improve life in America and in earth.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Leidos Holdings, respectively own Blue Origin, Space X and Dynetics. Through these companies, the billionaires are partnering with the government space agency, NASA to move the National space program to the next level.
But what do we have in Africa and especially in a country like Nigeria with many billionaires. The crime fighting apparatus is weak and ineffective, are they interested? No.
The nation needs petrol, kerosene and gas, which is very lucrative right now, in terms of its liquefaction for domestic usage at homes and for Independent power plants to provide energy: are they interested? No.
Its been decades that government gave up providing portable water, are they interested? No. The few who set up private schools, up to Universities take it out of the reach of mortals with their rates.
The future of transportation with the railway is another area some would think Nigerian billionaires be interested in. No. First they own the oil wells, that will soon run dry, God willing! They sponsor daft politicians, who legislate huge percentage of the commonwealth as their wages and all the country as the nation, remain in situ- no movement: back or front!
The American space companies have vied for lucrative government space contracts over time. Bkue Origin is competing with rival billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX andLeidos Holdings’ Dynetics, to win a contract to build Nasa’s next human lunar landing system.
It is a system that will transport man to the moon in the next decade. Yes man has been to the moon severally but this is for real. Rich Nigerians can go with their pregnant girlfriends to give birth on the Moon, paying billions of dollars.
Blue Origin is bidding to be the first to take the first woman to the moon’s surface. “Blue Origin’s vision is a future where millions of people are living and working in space. In order to preserve Earth, our home, for our grandchildren’s grandchildren, we must go to space to tap its unlimited resources and energy. If we can lower the cost of access to space with reusable launch vehicles, we can all enable this dynamic future for humanity”.
NASA is on the verge of deciding which of the 3 companies to pick for its first privately built lunar landers that can send astronauts to the moon by 2024.
That’s four years from now. Where will Nigeria be? Oh we maybe importing beans from Burundi or firewood from Liberia? And if the coaches are not collapsing along the railing, we may have built 2 railway lines to Chad.