Blue Origin ‘goes to the MOON’: Jeff Bezos unveils gigantic concept of moon lander
Blue Origin is now in the running to get Americans back on the moon by 2024.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday unveiled the ambitious next steps for his space company during a very mysterious media event in Washington D.C.
During the event, which began at 4 p.m., the billionaire and founder of Blue Origin began sharing extensive concept images of self-sufficient space residences reminiscent of the movie Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic houses within the walls.
But the real star of the conversation turned out to be something much closer to home – the moon. On stage, Bezos pulled off the wraps of a huge model of what will be the company’s first lunar lander, called Blue Moon.
“This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” said Bezos, CNN said blogged live the event.
According to the CEO, the lander has been developing for the past three years and is on track for a moon landing with crew in 2024 – in line with the five-year deadline unveiled earlier this year by Vice President Mike Pence.
The plan could ultimately serve as a springboard for moon colonization and deeper space goals, Bezos said.
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Blue Origin is now in the race to get Americans back on the moon by 2024. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday unveiled the ambitious next steps for his space company during a very mysterious media event in Washington D.C. On stage, Bezos pulled off the wraps of a huge model of what will become the company’s first lunar lander, called Blue Moon
“It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” said Bezos during the event, according to CNN, and reflected a statement repeatedly made by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in recent months.
Blue Origin says that its lunar lander will be able to carry all kinds of loads to the surface and can hold ‘several tons’.
The vessel will allow a long-term human presence on the moon, the company said. And according to the CEO, the company already has around six customers.
The lander builds on the technology that the company has tested in recent years in its New Shepard rocket, including propulsion and precision guidance, as well as the vertical landing system. The company has been quietly developing Blue Moon for years.
According to CNN, Blue Origin is also developing a new rocket engine specifically for the planned moon landings. The system, called BE-7, has been in the making for three years.
Blue Origin says it could cause the first test fire this summer.
Bezos also delved into his visions for human colonization of the moon and ultimately, deep space, which expands the concept of self-sustaining ‘O’Neill colonies’ exponentially larger than the International Space Station where humans and animals could live.
Blue Origin says that its lunar lander will be able to carry all kinds of loads to the surface and can hold ‘several tons’. According to the CEO, the lander has been developing for the past three years and is on track for a 2024 moon landing crew – in line with the deadline of five years previously unveiled by Vice President Mike Pence
Jeff Bezos announces Blue Moon, a moon landing vehicle for the moon, at a Blue Origin event in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019
Earth resources alone will not be able to sustain humanity forever, even with energy savings, the mogul noted during the event, CNN said.
Considering the possibility of a future that depends on strict rationing, Bezos suggests that we need to look at the space to continue to thrive.
“That is the way we would go,” he said, “according to CNN.
“It would lead for the first time to where your children and grandchildren have a worse life than you. That is a bad path.
The event was teased for the first time last month in a cryptic tweet from the Blue Origin Twitter account, where it shared an image of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, a polar reconnaissance ship lost on ice in 1915.
In addition, the company said in a notification to reporters that it will “give an update on it.” [Blue Origin’s] progress and share our vision to go to space to benefit the earth. ”
Jeff Origin, owner of Blue Origin, unveils a rocket engine that will be used on a new moon landing module called Blue Moon
During the event, which started on Thursday at 4 p.m., the billionaire and founder of Blue Origin began sharing extensive concept images of self-sufficient space residences reminiscent of the movie Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic houses within the walls
Bezos also delved into his visions for human colonization of the moon and ultimately, deep space, which expands the concept of self-sustaining ‘O’Neill colonies’ exponentially larger than the International Space Station where humans and animals could live. The lunar landing plan could ultimately serve as a springboard for moon colonization and deeper space targets
WHAT IS THE BLUE MOON LANDSCAPE?
Blue Origin unveiled its lunar lander during a secret event in May
Jeff Bezos has unveiled the new lunar lander of his space company, called Blue Moon.
The spacecraft is capable of carrying and delivering loads to the surface of the moon.
“This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” Bezos said.
Blue Origin has long cited a mission to the moon as one of the main priorities and has been working on vessel development for the past three years.
It uses many of the same ‘propulsion, precision guidance, vertical landing and landing gear systems’ used by New Shepard, the Blue Origin rocket intended to take people to the moon.
The vessel is equipped with fuel cells to deliver ‘kilowatts of power’ that can handle long missions.
As soon as Blue Moon arrives at its destination, it uses machine learning algorithms to land on the moon surface with precision.
Blue Moon can deliver several tons of payload to the moon, thanks to the upper deck and lower bays, the latter providing “closer access to the moon surface and discharging,” the company said.
With this technology, Blue Origin hopes that it will prepare us to send people back to the moon in 2024.
The spacecraft is capable of carrying and delivering loads to the surface of the moon. “This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” Bezos said
Blue Origin also shared a copy of the Earthrise photo taken by NASA astronauts during the Apollo 8 mission, in addition to the image of Endurance tweeting.
Several fans of Blue Origin soon pointed out that the image of Endurance may be an obscure reference to a future moon mission. It turned out they were correct.
A crater on the south pole of the moon, named Shackleton, is named after the famous explorer, suggesting that Bezos may have a number of moon-related announcements in his sleeve.
The Shackleton Crater is located in the vast South Pole Aitken Basin, one of the largest known impact craters in the solar system, spanning 1,600 miles and about eight miles deep.
Scientists have long watched the Aitken basin because they believe it can contain a wealth of life-sustaining resources.
NASA hopes to carry out a mission to the South Pole of the Moon as early as 2024, while the Chang’e 6 lander in China wants to explore the South Pole.
Many scientists look at this area of the moon because they believe it can host huge ice shelves that can be mined for drinking water or converted to hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe.
Many quickly pointed out that Blue Moon is already being used by the popular brewing company. Blue Moon Brewing Co. quickly jumped into the conversation on Twitter
The vessel will allow a long-term human presence on the moon, the company said. And according to the CEO, the company already has around six customers
The event was teased in a cryptic tweet from Blue Origin’s Twitter account, where it shared an image of explorer Ernest Shackleton Endurance, a research vessel lost in the ice in 1915
NASA PLAN TO RESTORE PEOPLE ON THE MOON
NASA could get people back on the moon within the next five years under the latest orders from the Trump administration.
Vice President Mike Pence revealed the new deadline during a speech at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council today in Huntsville, Alabama, where he told an audience that the president wants astronauts to land at the moon pole in 2024.
The VP called on NASA to “re-ignite the spark of urgency” for space exploration and make it a priority to set “risky goals” and stay on schedule.
However, this accelerated timeline will undoubtedly face many challenges; just a few weeks ago, NASA said it was on track to have people on the moon by 2028 – a full four years later than the new target.
In turn, it could help preserve future human colonies on the moon.
Blue Origin has also discussed its plans to build and launch a lunar landing, revealing spacecraft concept images in 2018.
“The future will be better for our children – and our children’s children – if we use the space to benefit life on earth and enable millions of people to live and work in space,” it said company.
“The next logical step on this path is a return to the moon. To do this, we need reusable access to the lunar surface and its resources. ”
As part of the mission, also called Blue Moon, the company hopes to deliver freight to the surface of the moon, as well as exploration of water resources.
Blue Origin is also part of The Moon Race, a non-profit organization that wants to set up a new competition, involving teams to develop ways to produce energy, grow food and set up infrastructure on the moon in exchange for cash prizes.
The Moon Race has also received support from Airbus and the European Space Agency.
Today’s announcement could ultimately tie in with an expected update of the New Glenn rocket from Blue Origin.
New Glenn is the company’s rocket to launch it in space in 2021, although Blue Origin has released some details about the vehicle.
It is thought that the launch rocket with heavy lift can help Blue Origin to complete a mission to the moon.
The new Shepard rocket from Blue Origin lands on May 2 after the 11th successful test flight in space. The rocket is viewed as a vehicle to bring people to the edge of space
The company has yet to perform test flights from New Glenn and has not been seen publicly.
In the meantime, a smaller rocket called New Shepard is being considered to bring people to the edge of space later this year.
Blue Origin performed the 11th successful launch and landing of the New Shepard rocket earlier this month.
The company faces fierce competition from a range of players, including SpaceX from Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic from Richard Branson, some of whom have devised the “billionaire space race.”
THE BILLION SPACE TERACE
Jeff Bezos for the space capsule from Blue Origin
Jeff Bezos’ space tourism project with Blue Origin competes with a similar development program by Space X, the rocket company founded and led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Virgin Galactic, supported by Richard Branson.
Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he finances Blue Origin approximately $ 1 billion (£ 720 million) of Amazon shares each year.
The system consists of a pressurized crew capsule on top of a reusable ‘New Shepard’ booster rocket.
Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and vigorously pursues Blue Origin as he tries to launch his “New Glenn” rocket in a low orbit around 2020.
Although Bezos still has to leave Earth’s atmosphere despite the number of successful launches, Elon Musk’s SpaceX program has already launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into space.
On February 6, 2018, SpaceX sent the rocket to the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away.
On board was a red Tesla roadster from Musk himself.
Elon Musk with its Dragon Crew capsule
SpaceX has won several million contracts from NASA because the space agency hopes to use the missiles as an acceleration for the red planet colonization.
It successfully sent a Dragon capsule to the ISS and released it without problems.
NASA has already selected two astronauts who will be on board the first manned Dragon mission.
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic have successfully completed two test flights of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft.
The first took place in December 2018 and the last took place on 22 February.
The flight accelerated to more than 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7).
So far, more than 600 well-off clients, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a seat of $ 250,000 (£ 200,000) on one of Virgin’s space trips,
The billionaire mover also said he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars with his private rocket company SpaceX.
Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft
SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. Every passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows – one on the side and one above the head.
The spacecraft is 60ft long with a cabin of 90 inches in diameter so that the astronauts have maximum space to float in gravity.
It climbs to 50,000 feet before the rocket engine ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates itself from its courier vessel, White Knight II, once it has passed the 50-mile mile.
Passengers become ‘astronauts’ when they reach the Karman line, the limit of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The spacecraft then makes a sub-orbital journey with about six minutes of weightlessness, with the entire flight taking about 1.5 hours.