WASHINGTON DC — The Amazon and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos last week unveiled his companies new lunar lander. Being called ‘Blue Moon,’ it is designed to carry payloads of varying sizes and shapes and safely deliver them to the moon’s surface. The company has gone on to say that in addition to the transport of materials, they will eventually be able to sustain a human presence on the moon as well. “This is an incredible vehicle, and it’s going to the moon,” Bezos told the crowd at an event in Washington, DC, on Thursday afternoon.
Blue Origin has been talking about a project called Blue Moon for several years now. They said it would be a lunar lander that will transport both humans and materials from earth to the moon. The company has received several grants from NASA totaling in the millions to develop the system. The in-depth details though have not been mentioned until last Thursday.
Guests attending the event in Washington, DC got a look at a life-size model of Blue Moon. What he revealed was designed to carry robotic infrastructure payloads to the moon. It can carry 3.6 metric tonnes of cargo. Its flat top can attach various kinds of cargo. During his unveiling, Bezos, presented Blue Moon with a lunar rover attached to the top. The margin of error for landing using the LIDAR is 75 feet from its original coordinates. The lunar lander looks to fit the exact dimension of its reusable rocket system called New Glenn.
We’re using liquid hydrogen because, ultimately, we’re going to be able to get hydrogen from that water on the moon and be able to refuel these vehicles on the surfaceJeff Bezos
Since the engine will be running on hydrogen and oxygen, it will allow for easy refueling on the moon’s surface. The engine is called BE-7. According to the companies website, the larger variant of Blue Moon has been designed to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the moon by 2024. It will carry 6.5 metric tonnes.
Please make no mistake about this: Earth is the best planet. It isn’t close. We do need to protect it, it’s essential, it’s our job. We’re now big enough to hurt this planet. We have to use the resources of space, we must have a future for our grandchildren and their grandchildren of dynamism — we cannot let them fall prey to stasis and rationing.Jeff Bezos