Jeff Bezos Reveals Blue Origin’s Lunar Lander ‘Blue Moon’

Jeff Bezos

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. (It's beginning engine tests this year.) Given the huge delays and cost overruns of NASA's official moon-mission rocket, the Boeing-lead Space Launch System, the US government may welcome a deus ex machina from startups like Blue Origin, especailly given the Trump Aministiration's wildly ambitous goal to return humans to the Moon by 2024.

"We were given a gift - this nearby body called the moon", Bezos said. According to Bezos, the Blue Origin team has been working on the design for three years.

Blue Origin unveiled its "Blue Moon" lander, which has been in development for three years and could help NASA return humans to the lunar surface by 2024.

"My generation's job is to build the infrastructure", said Bezos.

Blue Origin is based in Kent, Wash., and has built out a 750,000-square-foot plant for its New Glenn rocket just outside Kennedy Space Center.

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

During his presentation, which sounded at times more like a professorial lecture than a business plan, Bezos did not address a specific launch schedule for the lander or a specific mission for it.

Nadal beats Auger-Aliassime to advance in Madrid Open
On the women's side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 in the second round. Third seed Simona Halep beat Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1. "It was a good match".

Researchers confirmed previous year that the moon's surface has water in the form of ice.

According to Blue Origin, the lander's top deck and lower bays are being created to accommodate a wide variety of payloads.

"One of the most important things we know about the moon today is that there's water there", he said.

The goal is to land on the Moon's south pole, where ice deposits were confirmed in 2018.

Speculation about a lunar mission was stoked by Blue Origin last month when the company tweeted a photo of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance on an expedition to Antarctica.

The aim is for Blue Moon to land on the south pole of the Moon, where ice deposits have been found in craters.

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.



Latest news

Prince Harry launches the Invictus Games in The Hague
Harry became a dad for the first time on Monday after welcoming a baby boy with his wife Meghan , Duchess of Sussex . Harry wore a message to baby Archie on his fancy Invictus jacket, and we're honestly crying.

EU Cuts Economic Forecasts Over Trade Uncertainty
Nevertheless, the EC says both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate are expected to reach their historic lows by 2020.

New State of Play Episode Coming This Week
State of Play , in case you missed it, is Sony's new way of sharing news about upcoming games in one condensed stream. Same as before, people can watch it on Twitch , YouTube , Facebook and other social media platforms.

Edu set to become Arsenal technical director after Copa América
He left for Valencia in 2005 but struggled with injuries throughout his time in Spain. Arsenal refused to comment on Edu's return to north London when contacted by Goal .

Trump 'very surprised' by Senate panel subpoena for Don Jr
But people familiar with the matter say that's more a reflection on Mulvaney's role in the West Wing. Donald Jr. testified before the intelligence committee in 2017.

Dead Cells is coming to Android after all
Handled by Playdigious, the original game has been "carefully redesigned" for mobile; check out how they did so on Gamasutra . Its frantic 2D combat is hard to master, with the ever-present threat of permadeath looming over every level.

Laporte hails Manchester City captain Kompany's influence
I felt we would have deserved that at least". "But by believing you increase the chance of experiencing moments like this".

New ‘Game of Thrones’ Teaser Photos Show Cersei’s Formidable Army
That weariness is apparent in the images of Jon and Ser Davos, neither of whom look particularly thrilled to be at King's Landing. Whatever Dany's plan, one of these images shows that Euron is no longer quite as cocky as he was in Episode 4.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Leaked Ahead Of Livestream
If an image posted to Reddit last night is to be believed, the next Ghost Recon game might be called Ghost Recon Breakpoint . The leak suggests that Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be a story-driven affair, and supports up to four players in co-op.

George Clooney hopes media ‘kinder’ to Meghan Markle
At 58 you just go, 'Ugggh.' I just walk with a walker everywhere I go". " I think it's a little unfair at times", he said. I'm barely a parent at this point.

Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant won't play in Game 6 vs. Rockets
Golden State will not have Kevin Durant in the lineup Friday night for Game 6 in Houston, according to head coach Steve Kerr . The team will know more Thursday when Durant is scheduled for an MRI , but Kerr has already made his decision.

Sen. Blumenthal: Trump Jr. Should Be 'Locked Up' If He Doesn't Testify
Trump Jr. had appeared before the panel previously to answer questions from committee staff, according to congressional sources. The Mueller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong. "I never knew about the meeting", Trump reiterated.

Federal Bureau of Investigation refutes spying allegations on Trump campaign
Shaheen continued with her questioning and Wray provided an answer that is getting little attention, although it probably should. Williams added that Barr "ought to have known what he was saying when he used the word 'spying'".

Eintracht Frankfurt post video of fans on buses ahead of Chelsea clash
Owen said he expects Maurizio Sarri's men to beat the Bundesliga side and qualify for the final in Azerbaijan later in the month. They have two good strikers in [Luka] Jovic and [Ante] Rebic so we have to be careful." said Sarri.

Red Sox LHP Price (elbow) lands on IL
Cora is concerned about the federal government's response to the devastating Category 5 Hurricane that hit Puerto Rico in 2017. The baseball team members' concerns about attendance is part of an ongoing trend for Trump's administration.

Other news