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Jeff Bezos unveils 'Blue Moon' lunar lander

By T.K. Randall
May 14, 2019 · Comment icon 4 comments



Could Blue Origin beat NASA back to the Moon ? Image Credit: YouTube / Blue Origin
Blue Origin's billionaire founder has unveiled a new spacecraft designed to touch down on the Moon.
Announced during an exclusive presentation in Washington on May 9th, the new lander is reportedly capable of delivering cargo, robotic rovers and even astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

Although it loosely resembles NASA's original Apollo lunar module, the new vehicle is almost entirely autonomous and is able to land and deploy its payload without human intervention.

A star tracker and flash LIDAR system will also enable it to navigate on its own as well.
"Now that we have mapped the entire Moon in great detail, we can use those preexisting maps to tell the system what it should be looking for in terms of craters and other features, and it navigates relative to that," said Bezos. "It uses the actual terrain of the Moon as guideposts."

Blue Moon will be equipped with Blue Origin's new BE-7 engines which use a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen - two components that can theoretically be replenished from the Moon's own resources should scientists find a way to mine them.

"We know a lot now about the Moon that we didn't know back in the Apollo days or even really just 20 years ago," said Bezos.

"One of the most important things we know about the Moon today is that there's water there."



Source: Space.com | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
But what's the point? Other than to say "I did it!" There's nothing on the moon. It's a resource barren rock. Anything it has, the earth has more of. Put a station in orbit around it, sure. That might be a good waypoint for inter-solar system travel. It's useless to land there, IMO. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Comment icon #2 Posted by severusom 4 years ago
If you want to go further it'll be cheaper to build it on the Moon with materials from the Moon
Comment icon #3 Posted by HermeticLabyrinthos 4 years ago
Agreed with Seti. Pointless and waste of resources/funds. Take those same funds and go help those poor chaps clean up the Fukushima plant if they give two ****s about the planet LOL. Nice presentation and all but just another example of people not knowing what to do with too much money. Some people suffer from a lack of life and others from an overabundance. Need I say more?
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
Even if it doesn't make it to the moon it will still be able to deliver packages within 10 miles of the Amazon warehouse.


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