Amazon’s Bezos says he’ll send a spaceship to the moon

Federico Mansilla
May 13, 2019

A "stretched tank" variant of the Blue Moon lunar lander is topped a pressurized ascent module for astronauts.

This would involve the construction of artificial worlds in space, inspired by designs first proposed by the late physicist Gerard K. O'Neill, one of Bezos's heroes, meant to give humanity an escape route in case of limited resources on Earth. He spent time discussing his dream of future generations on orbiting space station colonies than on concrete details of Origin missions residing. Dramatically lowering the cost of access to space and using the Moon's resources are the first steps. Micro-satellites can also be strapped to the top of the rover and deployed in lunar orbit.

The Blue Moon lander can carry up to 3.6 metric tons of cargo to the lunar surface, according to the billionaire. That spacecraft is created to take space tourists on short hops into space, where passengers will experience just a few minutes of weightlessness before New Shepard's passenger capsule returns to Earth's surface. The event was billed as a chance for Bezos to "update on our progress and share our vision of going to space to benefit Earth." .

Nothing is ready: Not the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being developed by Boeing which is necessary to transport vehicles and astronauts.

The first successful moon landing was by the Soviet Union in 1966 with Luna 9, followed by the USA four months later.

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A low-priced approach to landing on the moon is risky; SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, attempted to land on the moon in April, but crashed. Consequently, its new BE-7 engine will need to run on combination of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. "I love this. It's the right thing to do". The firm has quietly been developing Blue Moon for years. NASA has also increased its funding of the ACSC program and would initially send robots and later astronauts. It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA's proposed 2024 return. It recently changed its mind, however, and now is asking the private sector for proposals for an integrated lunar lander that will incorporate all of those functions.

Bezos's description implied that Blue Moon will be launched directly to the lunar surface, so it is not clear how it fits into that architecture. A compressed vehicle for humans is also planned.

In fact, there were many unanswered questions today, but the key is that NASA is looking for commercial partners to achieve the 2024 goal and Blue Origin has been working on a vehicle for three years that may help. More companies are expected to respond to NASA's April 26 notice. Musk previously set the first cargo-carrying Mars mission for 2022 and a crewed mission for 2024.

Prior to that, in 2015, Bezos appeared to call out his competitor when Blue Origin launched a rocket into space then landed it back on Earth, calling the reusable rocket the "rarest of beasts" and adding that the company made the feat 'look easy'.

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