Jeff Bezos Reveals Blue Origin’s Lunar Lander ‘Blue Moon’

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According to Blue Origin, Blue Moon can land multiple metric tons of payload on the lunar surface, including infrastructure payloads that could be used to prepare for future missions.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of his space company Blue Origin's design for a Moon lander named "Blue Moon". "The larger variant of Blue Moon has been created to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024". Blue has also discussed a human outpost on the moon. The new rocket will fire test for the first time as soon as this summer.

Bezos also showed off a new BE-7 engine, a high-performance liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine that powers the lander's six minute descent. Blue Origin is serious about space. Items on the top are expected to be lowered using a davit-type system inspired by naval vessels. Bezos said at the end of the short presentation, "If that doesn't inspire you, you are at the wrong event". Bezos talked about the possibility of harnessing resources there for energy back home, since ours are bound to run out in the future. "That's a bad path".

Last May he said human beings would one day leave Earth to explore heavy industry in the solar system. "People are going to want to live here".

The moon has always been central to Bezos's space-faring dreams, as well as the vision of his former professor, the late Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill.

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Two years ago, Bezos said he would be selling $1 billion a year in Amazon stock to finance Blue Origin.

It was known that Blue Origins had lunar ambitions-it was recently reported that it had paid NASA $50,000 for detailed plans for previous lunar landers, as well as NASA's observations and technical knowledge gained since those first missions. But according to the company's website, "the larger variant of Blue Moon has been created to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024".

"It's time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay", said Mr Bezos.

The announcement for the usually secretive space company came with all the glitz of an Apple product launch in a darkened convention ballroom bedazzled with shimmering stars on its walls.

The new moon race has a lower profile than the one in the 1960s. He enjoys all aspects of space exploration, both human, and robotic, but his primary passions lie with human exploration and the vehicles, rockets, and other technologies that allow humanity to explore space.

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