Jeff Bezos, an American multibillionaire who founded Amazon, went public with the creation of his other company — Blue Origin. Founded in 2000, Blue Origin focuses on space technology, their motto being “Earth, in all its beauty, is just our starting place.”
Blue Mon (which is the name of the vehicle), is a lunar lander which will initially carry over tons of material. They will land in the Shackleton crater on the Moon’s south pole. Many believe the crater contains pools of frozen water and for years, NASA has regarded it as a potential outpost.
Bezos’ idea is to commence with manufacturing in space. In his own words, since the Moon has lower gravity, it will take 24 times less energy to get resources off the Moon and back on Earth. This can be a game-changer.
Bezos also unveiled the rocket engine they intend to use, and he plans to make it reusable — once the Blue Moon leaves the ground, the rocket will safely land back for further use. Ultimately, the billionaire’s goal is to make the whole solar system available to humans, with people living and working on other planets.
Blue Origin entered the limelight when it was published that they worked on providing first commercial flights into space. After years of test rides, their New Shepard program offers a capsule built for six passengers, and it reaches an altitude of above 350,000. Eventually, when they do launch the space tourism program, the ride won’t last more than 10 minutes, but it will surely offer an experience which nothing can rival.
President Trump and the White House have announced their plans to send another group of astronauts to the Moon in the following five years. They have shared no details on how they intend to achieve this and what the NASA budget will be. NASA directors, however, are years behind schedule in developing a human-carrying lander, which can see them turn to other companies, such as Blue Origin and SpaceX.
Elon Musk, the outspoken CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, didn’t miss the opportunity to mock his competitor. Musk, known for his controversial tweets, tweeted out a photoshopped image of the Blue Moon vehicle, replacing the word moon with the word balls.