Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Space Venture Unveils Lunar Lander, Rover, and Rocket

Billionaire Jeff Bezos to unveil plans for moon presence, sources say

Bezos said payloads could weigh up to 7 tons (6.5 metric tonnes).

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.

And Blue origin aims to do the same, with a massive heavy-lift rocket called New Glenn (named for astronaut and later senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth). Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, and the other company he founded, Blue Origin LLC, want to chart the next chapter in humanity's exploration of its tiny orbiting sibling.

Jeff Bezos revealed a new lander called Blue Moon that he says can return humans to the moon by NASA's 2024 goal.

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"We can help make that timeline, but only because we started three years ago", he said. Bezos is likely to frame his strategy to align with that timeline in a bid to attract funds from the US space agency, one of the people said.

The vehicle will be capable of carrying scientific instruments, four self-driving rovers and a future pressurised vehicle for humans.

Mr Bezos, who has talked about his broader vision of enabling a future in which millions of people live and work in space, has been intent on moving Blue Origin closer to commercialisation. In addition, he said the moon is a good place for manufacturing, since it will take 24 times less energy to haul materials from its surface compared to the Earth due to its lower gravity.

"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".

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"We were given a gift - this nearby body called the moon", Bezos said. 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. 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. Most of the ice at the southern pole is contained in lunar craters, they found.

NASA has already set its sights on the moon's south pole, a region believed to hold enough recoverable ice water for use in synthesising additional rocket fuel as well as for drinking water.

His vision is shared by competing billionaire-backed private space ventures like Elon Musk's SpaceX and aerospace incumbents like United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin.

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