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

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

It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg) of thrust.

The lander has been "years in development", according to the company's new project webpage, and can reportedly land "multiple metric tons" of payload onto the Moon's surface.

"It's time to go back to the Moon".

He added that Blue Origin can help NASA meet its new timeline with its Blue Moon lander "only because we started this three years ago". Trump in 2017 made a return to the moon a high priority for the USA space program, saying a mission to put astronauts back on the lunar surface would establish a foundation for an eventual journey to put humans on Mars.

Bezos said his company's first commercial rocket, New Shepard, should be carrying people into space on suborbital trajectories later in 2019 and Blue Origin's next-generation rocket, New Glenn, could have it's first orbital flight sometime in 2021.

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.

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

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"I love this", Bezos said of Pence's timeline.

The Blue Moon lander that Bezos revealed today is created to carry infrastructure payloads to the moon, not people. The 11 successful test missions have all been uncrewed, but Bezos pledges to launch humans by the end of the year. Yet, while the company's New Glenn rocket is worthy of its own press conference, Bezos had a far more interesting piece of the space puzzle to debut: a lunar lander. It plans to launch the powerful space vehicle from Cape Canaveral.

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

His announcement came about two months before the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and he began his presentation with video of that event.

Shackleton and his crew had planned to cross Antarctica via the South Pole in the ship, but it became trapped in ice, forcing them to evacuate.

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

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