Amazon CEO unveils Blue Moon spaceship
A mock-up of the new spacecraft named Blue Moon has hopes to get people back on the Moon by 2024.
Bezos’ secretive space company Blue Origin has said it will land a large unmanned robotic ship on the Moon.
The reusable lunar lander is known as Blue Moon and is capable of carrying four lunar rovers. It will feature BE-7, a newly designed rocket engine called that can blast 10,000lb of thrust.
Bezos also unveiled one of the new lunar rovers which is about the same size as a golf buggy.
Earlier this year, US government announced a plan to return to the Moon by 2024. In the speech where he announced the space craft, Mr Bezos also said that Blue Origin would be able to meet the president’s deadline, however it’s “only because” Blue Origin had begun designing the lunar craft back in 2016.
Bezos also spoke of a vision of a future where millions of people live and work in space. He spoke about the importance of the colonisation of space and mentioned two important issues: cutting down on launch costs and the use of resources that are already in space.
Fellow billionaire Elon Musk teased Bezos’ space colony dreams with a tweet with an edited picture of the craft with the word “Moon” wiped off the photo and replaced with “Balls”.
Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. CEO, has said he will provide a public update on the development status of his spaceships Starship and Super Heavy in an official presentation later this summer.
Bezos’ announcement has a created a new addition to the competition to the current space race between Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.