Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Space Venture Unveils Lunar Lander, Rover, and Rocket

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

That's obviously not the case, as while on stage, Bezos announced that Blue Origin would begin testing Blue Moon's BE-7 landing rockets this summer.

Bezos, the world's richest man and chief executive of Amazon.com, is scheduled to host a rare media event at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) in Washington to provide "an update on our progress and share our vision of going to space to benefit Earth". Blue has also discussed a human outpost on the moon. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine accepted the challenge, saying the USA will "utilize the resources of the moon".

Mr Bezos, 55, has spoken of his desire to colonise space, saying he wants millions of people to live off Earth.

Blue Origin states that it has a larger variant of the Blue Moon lander that can land an ascent vehicle - something the company specifically mentions as a possibility for taking Americans to the lunar surface by 2024.

Bezos said the moon's resources could be useful to Blue Origin missions involving its New Shepard, a reusable suborbital rocket system, and New Glenn, an orbital reusable launch vehicle the company says will "build the road to space".

If there is enough water ice on the surface, it could be mined and used for rocket fuel - making it easier to explore and stay on the moon, according to experts.

Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin has been tight-lipped about its lunar strategy.

Blue Origin describes Blue Moon as a "flexible lander" created to deliver payloads ranging from small to large to the Moon's surface.

"One of the most important things we know about the moon today is that there's water there", Bezos said. "It's in the permanently shadowed craters on the poles of the moon".

His vision is shared by competing billionaire-backed private space ventures like Elon Musk's SpaceX and aerospace incumbents like United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin.

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