WASHINGTON — Blue Origin is capturing for the moon!
The non-public spaceflight firm revealed the primary life-size mockup of its new lunar lander, named “Blue Moon,” right here on the Washington Conference Heart at present (Might 9).
“That is an unbelievable car, and it’s going to the moon,” Blue Origin founder and chief government Jeff Bezos instructed a room filled with spectators after the curtain dropped to disclose the massive, shiny spacecraft.
Blue Moon is designed to hold rovers and different giant payloads to the lunar floor, however it may additionally take astronauts to the moon, stated Bezos, who additionally based Amazon.com and is the richest individual on this planet. To change Blue Moon for a crewed spaceflight, the corporate would prime the spacecraft with an attachable, pressurized ascent car.
Earlier than launching astronauts to the moon, Blue Origin would first take a look at out the lunar lander with an uncrewed mission, Bezos stated.
Whereas Bezos didn’t explicitly state that Blue Origin plans to supply its new car to NASA for the company’s bold push to land American astronauts on the moon in 2024, a newly posted description on the corporate’s website states that the crew-carrying variant of Blue Moon “has been designed to land an ascent car that may permit us to return People to the moon by 2024.”
(Blue Origin representatives had talked about Blue Moon earlier than, however they hadn’t given us an excellent look till at present.)
NASA has not but chosen a lander for that historic journey, so Blue Moon could also be a contender. Simply final month, Lockheed Martin revealed its proposed plans to construct a lunar lander. Lockheed’s lander (which has but to obtain a correct title) could be a part of the corporate’s “early Gateway” infrastructure for a sustainable human presence on the moon.
Whether or not NASA astronauts can actually make it to the moon by 2024 remains to be a subject of debate, however a number of issues are sure: non-public corporations and different area companies all over the world are gearing up for a brand new wave of lunar exploration, and Blue Origin has entered the new moon race.