Jeff Bezos says that his Blue Origin could refuel the moon lander with the help of ICE from the moon
- Jeff Bezos says his moon lander could use water and ice to fuel his propulsion
- The lander can separate hydrogen and oxygen from the ice
- Those gases would be combined to create fuel for the vessel's engine
- Water ice was confirmed to exist under the moon's surface last year
- Future mining efforts funded by NASA could help to unlock that resource in the future
As soon as Blue Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin lander reaches the moon, the CEO of Amazon says it doesn't have to go far to refuel.
At a Boston space summit, Bezos told an audience that his somewhat mysterious lunar lander would use ice from the lunar surface to create fuel.
& # 39; We know things about the moon now that we didn't know about during the Apollo days, & # 39; said Bezos at the conference as reported by CNBC.
& # 39; We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, that is rocket powder. & # 39;
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Jeff Bezos says a recently discovered supply of water and ice on the surface of the moon could feed a lunar lander owned by his company Blue Origin.
Water ice was first confirmed to be present on the moon last year in a NASA study and is usually located in the shady parts of craters near the poles of the moon. At these locations, the temperature is rarely higher than -250 degrees Fahrenheit.
That ice could be harvested and turned into rocket fuel using power plants onboard the lander, Bezos said.
The station, powered by solar panels or a nuclear generator, would separate the hydrogen and oxygen gas that would eventually be recombined in the rocket engine and ignited to create propulsion.
Bezos also recently announced that the lander's engine, the BE7, has successfully completed the first hotfire test at Marshall Space Flight Center.
& # 39; Data looks good and the hardware is in perfect condition. The test lasted fully planned – 35 seconds, & said Bezos on Twitter.
Blue Origin unveiled its intention to install its high-tech lander large enough to carry multiple passengers and transport cargo to and from the moon's surface last month.
WHAT IS THE BLUE MOON LANDER?
Blue Origin unveiled its lunar lander during a secret event in May
Jeff Bezos has unveiled his new lunar lander in space exploration, called Blue Moon.
The spacecraft is capable of carrying and delivering loads to the surface of the moon.
& # 39; This is an incredible vehicle and it goes to the moon, & # 39; said Bezos.
Blue Origin has long declared 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 & # 39; propulsion, precision direction, vertical landing and landing gear systems & # 39; using New Shepard, Blue Origin & # 39; s rocket intended to bring people to the moon.
The vessel is equipped with fuel cells for & # 39; kilowatts of power & # 39; to deliver suitable for long-distance missions.
As soon as Blue Moon arrives at its destination, it uses algorithms for learning the machine to land accurately on the surface of the moon.
Blue Moon can deliver several metric tons of cargo to the moon, thanks to the upper deck and lower bays, the latter of which will provide & # 39; better access to the lunar surface and unloading & # 39 ;, the company said.
With this technology, Blue Origin hopes that it will prepare us to send people back to the moon as early as 2024.
The spacecraft is capable of carrying and delivering loads to the surface of the moon. & # 39; This is an incredible vehicle and it goes to the moon, & # 39; said Bezos
The company is one of the favorites in an upcoming NASA mission to bring people back on the moon in 2024 for the first time in nearly 50 years and received multiple contracts from the agency to study prototypes and designs for landers, propulsion systems and more last month .
Blue Origin & # 39; s idea to use water ice to propel its vessels may fit in with NASA's agenda to start mining the lunar surface for natural resources.
Through NASA & # 39; s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the agency said it would investigate the feasibility of robot robbers and mining technology that space-mining could realize.
To do this, two mission concepts have been lit green this month.
NASA's next moon mission also plans to establish a permanent base on the surface of the moon from which mining activities can originate.
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