Bezos Unveils Blue Origin's Manned Moon Cargo Lander Concept

Katie Ramirez
May 10, 2019

The world's richest man and Inc's chief executive waved an arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall mockup of the unmanned lander dubbed Blue Moon during an hour-long presentation at Washington's convention center, just several blocks from the White House.

It can deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four self-driving rovers, and launch satellites to orbit the Moon.

Bezos didn't announce a specific date for the project's first launch, but Blue Origin later said it was capable of meeting President Donald Trump's announced goal of returning people to the Moon by 2024. Bezos is likely to frame his strategy to align with that timeline in a bid to attract funds from the United States space agency, one of the people said. Last year, Blue Origin received $13 million from NASA to work on technologies needed for a moon lander.

In addition, he also announced the Blue Moon lunar lander, which is capable of taking people and payloads to the lunar surface.

While Bezos is angling to become a leading player in space exploration and win business from the USA government, he has been the target of repeated criticism from President Donald Trump, who has referred to him as Jeff "Bozo". Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides against the news media.

The lander will be able to softly land between 3.6 and 6.5 metric tons of payloads on the lunar surface.

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Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.

Blue Origin now regularly conducts test flights of its suborbital New Shepard rocket. With Blue Moon and other moon transportation options, humans might have the ability to establish habitats in space.

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The year 2024 coincides with the USA government's goal to bring astronauts to the moon.

Bezos said what he and others today can do is start building the infrastructure. "It's in the form of ice". 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. At a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon, Bezos made his case for going back to the moon and showed off his private space company's lunar lander.

Jeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of the lunar landing.

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