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Amazon Owner Bezos Details His Lunar Plans


05/10/2019




A replica of a lunar lander that is being developed Blue Origin rocket company was unveiled by billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos. He also detailed his ambitions of soon being able to send humans to the moon again in line with the aims of the Trump administration to set up a lunar outpost about five years time.
 
The two-story-tall mockup of the unmanned lander dubbed Blue Moon was unveiled by Bezos, the owner of the largest online marketplace in the world Amazon in Washington. At the event,  Bezos told the audience that the lander would be able to put satellites to orbit the moon, deliver payloads to the lunar surface and  deploy up to four smaller rovers. The audience comprised of officials from NASA officials and potential customers of the Blue Moon.
 
Earlier on march 26, the plans of the NASA to build a space platform in lunar orbit and be able to land US astronauts on the moon’s south pole by 2024 “by any means necessary,” was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence. the date was four years earlier than the one planned previously.
 
“I love this,” Bezos said of Pence’s timeline. “We can help meet that timeline but only because we started three years ago. It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay.”
 
Despite the criticism of Bezos by Trump over repeated criticism of the US president in Washington Post – owned by Bezos, the two apparently are in harmony as far as the US lunar ambitions are concerned. Returning to the moon was made a top focus of the US space program by Trump in 2017 wherein he argued that the eventual aim of sending humans to Mars would be based on the establishment of a foundation on the moon. 2024 would be Trump’s final full year in office if he is re-elected next year
 
New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a New Glenn, a heavy-lift launch rocket, for satellite launch contracts is being developed by the privately held Blue Origin, based in Kent, Washington. According to reports, the company would be able to completely develop the New Glenn rocket by 2021.
 
Humans would be launched in sub-orbital flights on the New Shepard later this year, Bezos on Thursday. Development of a human outpost on the moon has been discussed previously by Blue Origin.
 
The broader vision of creating facilities that would allow millions of people live and work in space in the future was also underscored by Bezos in his effort to make Blue Origin into a commercial organization. Reducing launch costs and using resources already in space were the two important issues according to Bezos that would be needed to be mitigated to achieve commercialization. .
 
 “One of the most important things we know about the moon today is that there’s water there,” Bezos said. “It’s in the form of ice. It’s in the permanently shadowed craters on the poles of the moon.”
 
(Source:www.reuters.com)






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