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

10 May, 2019, 14:55 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos will unveil plans on Thursday for missions to the moon tailored to the USA government's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years, people familiar with the matter said.

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.

"This is an incredible vehicle, and it's going to the moon", Bezos said at an event in Washington, DC on Thursday afternoon.

Clue No. 2: Late previous year, Bezos revealed his space company is designing a large lunar lander called Blue Moon.

In the last couple of years, the Trump administration has revived plans to send astronauts back to the moon, and NASA last year announced a road map that included turning to commercial companies for sending experiments and cargo to the lunar surface.

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, stood on a blue-lit stage last night to unveil a delivery vehicle capable of shipping packages to addresses the US Postal Service can not reach.

Blue Origin has also previously discussed a human outpost on the moon. The event opened with a video from the original Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first astronauts on the surface of the Moon.

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The vehicle has been under development for the past three years, he said.

While Bezos went out of his way to praise Pence's timeline, the billionaire has been the target of repeated criticism from President Donald Trump, who has referred to him as Jeff "Bozo".

The SpaceX founder tweeted a screengrab of a New York Times article about the Blue Moon lunar lander with the word "Moon" crudely wiped off and replaced with "Balls". Bezos also presented a new rocket engine called BE-7, which can blast 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg) of thrust.

Blue Origin is working on two other major projects: New Shepard, a suborbital rocket to fly tourists into space; and New Glenn, a heavy lift, partly reusable launch rocket.

The media event announcing Blue Moon started with a video of the Apollo 11 Moon landing which occurred nearly 50 years ago.

The company dropped a possible hint about the announcement with a Twitter post last month of a picture of the ship used by explorer Ernest Shackleton on an expedition to Antarctica - a possible reference to an impact crater on the lunar south pole sharing the man's name.

Though less well-known that Elon Musk's SpaceX, Blue Origin shares similar goals-to build private-sector infrastructure to lower costs and increase access to space travel.

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