Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson are three billionaires that are famously competing to make spaceflight more accessible. Since the 2000s, these self-made “space barons” have expanded their businesses to capitalise on the opportunities in outer space. It is the first time that entrepreneurs have been launching rockets into the atmosphere rather than countries.

The race between these billionaires to be the first men in space by use of their suborbital vehicles became global news. This is the widely-dubbed “space race.” Branson was first to successfully reach the boundary of space on 11 July 2021. Bezos followed just over a week later.

Musk, however, is taking his flight in 2024, although he has already been sending rockets into space for paid commercial missions. In 2019 Musk’s company, SpaceX, carried a satellite into orbit on behalf of the first paying client, Saudi Arabian telecommunications company, Arabsat.

Taking a look at the journey of billionaires in space, a visual representation of the topic makes it easier to comprehend. One user of LinkFacts has made a mind map on the subject, to discover the relationship between the billionaires, their net worth, their companies, and space missions.

Mapping out the topic

Delving into research about the new era of commercial space ventures can quickly lead to an overwhelming amount of information. By using the mind-mapping tool LinkFacts, it is easy to see this information in one place. This is excellent news for visual learners or anyone researching a complex topic.

Here’s how the “billionaire space race” graph was created.

Images

  • Profile photo of each billionaire
  • Photo for the central title of the graph
  • Photo of each space company logo owned by Bezos, Musk, and Branson

Icons

  • Space shuttle icon for each mission to take the billionaires into space
  • Dollar sign icon to represent the net worth of each billionaire
  • Briefcase icon to represent the sub-category of companies
  • Building icon for each company associated with the billionaires

Arrows

  • Dotted arrow to show if the entrepreneurs are founders of companies
  • Purple arrow to highlight the journey that took Bezos and Branson into space
  • Labels used to clarify the relationship between two nodes, for example, the moon is the destination of Musk’s mission in 2024

Potential to add more information…

The great feature of using this online tool is that the addition of more nodes and sub-categories is unlimited on LinkFacts. So, the more information you want to add, no problem. Find more relationships between ideas on your mind map without worrying about losing space to put your thoughts down, as is the problem with the humble pen and paper.

With the space race graph, for example, there is potential to explore the themes of each of the companies owned by the billionaires. Should you want to find relationships between the business background of Bezos, Branson, and Musk, you can easily focus on this idea.

Similarly, you might want to expand on the nodes that represent the net worth of each entrepreneur. Information such as the net worth of each business man in different years of their career, including when they entered the commercial space industry.

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