In a ballroom here Thursday, Bezos described his dreamy vision of the future: not just millions of people in space but eventually 1 trillion, living not on moons or planets, but space colonies in a style originally envisioned by a Princeton physicist, Gerard K. O'Neill.
Lunar launch: Jeff Bezos at the unveiling of a mock up of his unmanned lander "Blue Moon". It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA's proposed 2024 return.
"It's an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon", the Amazon founder declared. Mr Trump in 2017 made a return to the moon a high priority for the USA space programme, saying a mission to put astronauts back on the lunar surface would establish a foundation for an eventual journey to put humans on Mars. "This time to stay". That spacecraft is created to take space tourists on short hops into space, where passengers will experience just a few minutes of weightlessness before New Shepard's passenger capsule returns to Earth's surface.
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, did not talk to journalists at the event.
Blue Origin's business development director, A.C. Charania, has said the company's lunar transportation program is its "first step to developing a lunar landing capability for the country, for other customers internationally, to be able to land multimetric tons on the lunar surface".More news: 'He did talking on pitch': Saracens coach hails Vunipola in Euro triumph
Former U.S. Rep. Robert Walker, a personal space consultant who's working with Blue Origin, stated it aims to get a 2023 launch without individuals.
Blue Moon lunar lander will have a weight of 33,000 lbs when filled with fuel on take off from Earth, weight which will diminish to approximately 7,000 lbs when will be about to land on the Moon's surface. Blue Origin regularly live-streams test flights of that rocket, and has built a factory for manufacturing a larger rocket, the New Glenn, that is set to take satellites, and possibly people, to orbit beginning in 2021. Nor did he state that New Glenn would launch Blue Moon.
The European Space Agency and Russian Federation are now even working together to investigate the moon's resources and plan to mine samples of lunar ice within the next four years.
While a $30 million prize for private companies to send robotic probes to the moon went unclaimed past year, one of the competitors, from an Israeli private nonprofit, crashed last month as it tried to land.
China has got a rover on the moon's far side. SpaceX previous year announced plans to send a Japanese businessman around the moon in 2023. Along with the nonprofit said it will give it another shot.More news: Samsung Smart TVs Gain Apple's TV App and AirPlay 2 Support
In a carefully choreographed event, Jeff Bezos unveiled a moon lander.
Other companies will be competing to build pieces of Gateway, an outpost that NASA plans to put into orbit around the moon as a way station for astronauts headed to the moon's surface.
Bezos unveiled the lander alongside a new rocket engine at a press event in Washington, DC, today.
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