Prince William’s spatial judgment may “not be based on full knowledge”, warns scientist | Royal | New
The comments were meant to target billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos for developing space travel rather than protecting the climate. Prince William told the BBC: ‘We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live.
However, space industry workers said Prince William failed to stress the importance of space technology in exposing global warming.
The numbers even suggested that space technology can provide solutions.
Keith Wright, a British systems engineer supervised the science experiments delivered to the lunar surface by Apollo 11 in 1969.
He said that Tesla founder Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos were both working on technology that could pave the way for cleaner energy in the future.
He said: “Musk’s SpaceX company and Bezos’ Blue Origin are developing very big and cheap launchers, apparently with the goal of colonizing Mars.
“The consequence is that we will have a key launch capability, which will allow us to do things that can help protect the planet.
He added: “William’s judgment may not be based on complete knowledge.
“Space programs can work in parallel with protecting the planet.”
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Mark Hempsell, an astronautics consultant who previously worked on the UK Skylon space plane project, said: “People like Musk and Bezos are actually trying to fix the problem he’s addressing.
“Bezos says he wants to industrialize space; he wants to get rid of the pieces of industry and economic activity that the earth cannot support, so that we can have a civilization on earth that is respectful of the environment.
“Space tourism is one of those companies that is developing a much larger transport infrastructure. “
Prince William’s Earthshot Award ceremony will take place on Sunday.
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