Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs

Billionaire Jeff Bezos to unveil plans for moon presence, sources say

Most importantly, it has the capability of carrying 3.6 to 6.5 metric tons of payload that includes a rover and humans interested in traveling to the lunar surface.

But Bezos, who rarely speaks about the projects at Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000 and finances with more than $1 billion per year, clearly suggested he wants to help NASA.

"I love this", Bezos said of Pence's timeline. Bezos also presented a new rocket engine called BE-7, which can blast 4535kg of thrust.

The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers.

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Bezos, intent on moving Blue Origin closer to commercialization, underscored his broader vision of enabling a future in which millions of people live and work in space. "It would lead for the first time to where your children and grandchildren have worse lives than you". Those people would therefore be the ones to go to space to access its resources and energy. It plans to launch the powerful space vehicle from Cape Canaveral. He shared mock-ups of O'Neill cylinders, conceptual space colonies proposed by the physicist Gerard O'Neill that would rotate to simulate gravity and be able to sustain human and plant life.

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years. "It's time to go back to the moon, this time to stay", he said.

Lloyd Campbell's first interest in space began when he was a very young boy in the 1960s with NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs. (It's beginning engine tests this year.) Given the huge delays and cost overruns of NASA's official moon-mission rocket, the Boeing-lead Space Launch System, the US government may welcome a deus ex machina from startups like Blue Origin, especailly given the Trump Aministiration's wildly ambitous goal to return humans to the Moon by 2024. He enjoys all aspects of space exploration, both human, and robotic, but his primary passions lie with human exploration and the vehicles, rockets, and other technologies that allow humanity to explore space.

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