Bezos company aims to take people to moon by 2024 — Blue Origin

Pablo Tucker
May 10, 2019

At a Washington DC, press conference, the jeans- and blazer-clad Amazon CEO showed off a circular craft called "Blue Moon" that is created to land on and bounce back off the moon's surface. This configuration could be used to send NASA astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024.

Blue Origin is officially offering its new lander as an ascent vehicle for NASA's 2024 human landing missions.

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon billionaire and world's richest person, is set to unveil plans for his rocket company to establish a moon base later on Thursday.

He added that Blue Origin can help NASA meet its new timeline with its Blue Moon lander "only because we started this three years ago".

The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers.

Mr Bezos also unveiled a new rocket engine on Thursday, called BE-7, which is powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and has 4,535 kilograms of thrust. Items on the top are expected to be lowered using a davit-type system inspired by naval vessels. The lander also offers kilowatts of power for its payloads via fuel cells, enabling both nighttime operations and long-duration missions.

"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 said at the end of the short presentation, "If that doesn't inspire you, you are at the wrong event".

"I love this", Bezos said of Pence's timeline. "It would lead for the first time to where your children and grandchildren have worse lives than you".

Mr Bezos, 55, has spoken of his desire to colonise space, saying he wants millions of people to live off Earth. He mentioned two important issues: reducing launch costs and using resources already in space.

In March, the Trump administration announced that it meant to return U.S. astronauts to the Moon by the end of 2024.

"We have been given a gift - this nearby body called the moon", Bezos said, listing factors that make the moon a good target for space travel, including its proximity to earth, low gravity, and ice content.

But launching into space is not only super expensive but very hard. Since then he's attended the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, the agency's new crew-rated Orion spacecraft on Exploration Flight Test 1, and multiple other uncrewed launches.

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