Blue Origins Bezos predicts trillions of humans in the solar system

Blue Origin founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicts there will be 1 trillion humans in the solar system one day Blue Origin rocket company plans to help get us there.

Bezos will spend a little more than $1 billion next year to support Blue Origin.

There are thousands of companies on the Internet. Bezos says there will need to be thousands of companies in space.

Bezos has given similar talks about his vision for the future of space.

How could we get to a trillion people in the solar system?

It will take a few hundred years for normal population growth to reach that level.

Within 20 years we will have several competing fully reusable rockets and space planes.

Within fifty years we will have molecular nanotechnology, factory mass produced molten salt nuclear reactors and nuclear fusion reactors and isotope produced positronic nuclear fusion propulsion.

Molecular nanotechnology and nuclear fusion could enable the earth to easily support 100 billion people.

We have already produced small but macroscopic quantities of carbon nanotube bundles with 80 Gigapascals of strength. This is 20 times stronger than Kevlar.

Scaling up production of that material would enable McKendree cylinders.

The McKendree cylinder is an O’Neill space colony using carbon nanotubes instead of steel, allowing the habitat to be built much larger. The habitat would have two cylinders approximately 460 kilometers (290 mi) in radius and 4600 kilometers (2900 mi) in length, containing 13 million square kilometers (5.1 million square miles) of living space, nearly as much land area as that of Russia.

87 square meters of land area per person (including land for agriculture) yields a possible population for this structure of 76 billion people.

If a counter-rotating cylinder is included inside the outermost shell, the two layers must be separated by at least 50 kilometers of vacuum above the top of the atmosphere to eliminate atmospheric drag effects. Doubling the cylinder in this way increases the living area and counters gyroscopic effects so that the cylinders can be oriented in any chosen direction.

A full-sized McKendree habitat can be constructed from a large asteroid or dwarf planet, or from a number of smaller objects. A typical dwarf planet of 1000 kilometers diameter can contain enough material to build 12 Mckendree cylinders.

Utilizing a Ceres size asteroid of material with molecular nanotechnology could be used to build McKendree habitats for about 900 billion people. A fully colonization of Mars, Earth and several large McKendree cylinders would enable a trillion people in the solar system.

We have already identified 127 probably planet candidates in the solar system and 500 possibles.

It is estimated that there may be 200 dwarf planets in the Kuiper belt of the outer Solar System and possibly more than 10,000 in the region beyond.


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