Two years ago, the founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos – yes, the guy who belongs to Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) – made NASA a promise: If they have one As a space agency partner, Blue Origin built a rocket – and a lunar lander – to build this base.
The rocket in question is the New Glenn rocket currently under development, destined to become one of the most powerful rockets in the world. And the lander? That would be Blue Moon.
Launch of Blue Moon
Although Blue Moon was originally intended as a cargo ship that could deliver "equipment for experiments, cargo, and habitats" by mid-2020, he promised to be a launcher-agnostic spaceship in 2017 flying on its own New Glenn rocket or on NASA's new space launch system (also under development) or even on a United States Launch Alliance Atlas 551 you might notice SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was not mentioned.)
As However, NASA announced earlier this year that it is soliciting proposals to build its Human Landing System to bring astronauts to the moon, Bezos seems to have had an epiphany: Blue Moon could.
Last week, at a presentation in front of closed doors in Washington, Bezos pulled back the curtain of a Blue Moon model, demonstrating that it is a fuel cell powered spacecraft capable of delivering between 3.6 and 6.5 t payload (up to and including moon buggies) on the lunar surface. Blue Moon will use hydrogen and oxygen to bring a new, 3D printed BE-7 engine (also brand new and not yet tested) to the surface from lunar orbit. The first version of Blue Moon will be a robot, but a later, larger version should be suitable for transporting astronauts to the moon.
NASA and Blue Origin, finally together?
To refresh your memory, use the latest version of NASA. The Moon Project has three main phases: By 2024, the agency plans to have a Moon Descent Element – a Moon Lander – docked in orbit around the Moon with a Moon Gate space station. By 2026, a lunar element is to be added to the rise that was built and delivered, and both elements are to be tested in an unmanned mission to land on the lunar surface and return from there.
Finally, in 2028, NASA plans to repeat this feat with astronauts aboard to reach the first manned moon landing in more than half a century!
This schedule was recently upset when Vice President Pence said a target date for 2028 was "just not good enough." "And this official US policy now foresees astronauts returning to the Moon by 2024. Not everyone is convinced that five years are enough time to do what NASA said just three months ago, and it would take almost a decade to do so, Bezos, which has $ 1 billion a year in selling Amazon.com shares However, he claims that he was able to land in 2024 with the development of Blue Moon three years ago in 1965.
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And yet it does At 2028, 2026 or 2024, NASA must first build the equipment to accomplish this – large and small aerospace companies, from Boeing and Lockhe ed across Sierra Nevada to SpaceX, everyone wants to help. And now we know for sure that Blue Origin will take part in the competition.
The agency estimated only $ 30 million to $ 40 million in development at the time, which sounds like little beans to many of these companies. Apart from that, the future winner (s) of contracts to help NASA accomplish its mission can expect to receive tens, hundreds of millions of euros in construction, take-off and operation of the spacecraft required for landing on the moon.  This latest space race has just begun – but it's already started.