Bezos company aims to take people to moon by 2024 — Blue Origin
Bezos company aims to take people to moon by 2024 — Blue Origin
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10 May, 2019, 11:05
Jeff Bezos, the founder of United States privately-funded space company Blue Origin and e-commerce giant Amazon, has revealed the concept of the Blue Moon lander which will be able to bring missions and cargo to Earth's natural satellite.
The vehicle will use liquid hydrogen as a fuel, Bezos continued, adding that it would allow refueling Blue Moon on the lunar surface with the liquid hydrogen got from the water on the Moon.
During his hour-long presentation at Washington's convention center, Bezos waved his arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall unmanned lander mockup, which he said can deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon.
Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin has been tight-lipped about its lunar strategy. Bezos said payloads could weigh up to 7 tons (6.5 metric tonnes).
Mr Bezos wanted to improve access to the Moon, because he has a wider vision of a future where people are able to live and work in space, which is not possible today. Blue has also discussed a human outpost on the moon. The company has been developing the technology for three years, Bezos said. The space agency recently updated its space-exploration plans at the behest of Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump. In a ballroom here Thursday, Bezos described his dreamy vision of the future: not just millions of people in space but eventually 1 trillion, living not on moons or planets, but space colonies in a style originally envisioned by a Princeton physicist, Gerard K. O'Neill.
"But in the not-too-distant future - I'm talking decades, maybe 100 years - it'll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we now do on Earth in space, because we'll have so much energy". Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides about "fake news".
"It's an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon", he declared. Blue Origin will test fire the BE-7 rocket engine for the first time later this summer.
Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 36 in Florida, New Glenn is expected to be capable of lofting 29,000 pounds (13,000 kilograms) into geostationary transfer orbit, so it should be capable of launching its Blue Moon lander to the lunar surface. This configuration could be used to send NASA astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024. "It's in the form of ice".
Jeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of the lunar landing. An area on the Moon's south pole, known as the Shackleton crater, is seen as a strong candidate for a solar-powered moon base, since it is exposed to nearly perpetual sunlight.
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