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Hiring in the Commercial Space Race—Blue Origin Is Still Ahead, but SpaceX Isn’t Far Behind

Back in 2002, Elon Musk launched SpaceX. Since then, he and rival plutocrat Jeff Bezos have been engaged in a [clears throat] rocket waving competition. Of course, “commercial space race,” or “private space war” are also ways to describe the situation, but I like mine better. In any case, SpaceX and Blue Origin, Bezos’ company, are the main players. The prize in this particular competition—apart from the prize in all competitions (bragging rights)—comes in the form of billions of dollars worth of government and private launch contracts.

Bezos and Blue Origin got a bit of a head start, though. The Amazon founder and current richest-man-in-the-world started Blue Origin two years prior to Musk’s endeavor. Since the two began competing, Blue Origin has maintained an edge – especially when you look at hiring as a metric. Blue Origin consistently hires more workers than SpaceX. And they have since the beginning. That trend, it seems, is slowing, however, as NASA throws out new contracts like candy at a parade.

The Numbers

In May of this year, Blue Origins had 498 job openings, compared to SpaceX’s 265. That’s a difference of over 53%. Those numbers grew slowly and steadily by around 9% for Blue Origin throughout the rest of the year. SpaceX, on the other hand, had a whopping 435 jobs posted. That’s an increase of nearly 61% in hiring for Musk’s firm. 

NASA’s Impatience

Despite SpaceX’s fantastic progress on projects like Starship, NASA’s still waiting on Crew Dragon to fly. The capsule is meant to ferry American astronauts to the ISS for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone as smoothly for the Crew Dragon project as they have for Starship.

Still, Boeing is also supposed to be building a crew capsule for NASA, too, but the Aerospace giant hardly ever makes headlines for its tardiness on said project. It’s a similar story with Blue Origin. They’ve been a key component of the American space program for nearly two decades now, but they’ve managed to escape much of the criticism SpaceX has faced. Perhaps it’s because Blue Origin is mainly making rockets, not capsules, for NASA, and they’re doing it relatively well. On the other hand, Bezos, while plenty eccentric, is not the flashy phenomenon that is Musk. After all, if you don’t draw attention to yourself, you’re less likely to fail spectacularly.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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