Editorial: Here's to the billionaires heading for the final frontier

Oct 14, 2021 - City AM

So it’s beam me up, Bezos, as Captain Kirk almost said. Yesterday William Shatner became the oldest man to see space, sent off to near-orbit by Amazon’s Jeff on Blue Origin.

To some, the competition between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and no doubt other soon-to-emerge billionaires is a sign of the worst of capitalist excess. Sending Shatner to orbit will look nothing more than a poorly-timed PR stunt.

But, but, but. The space race is a lot more than a rocket-measuring ...