Special delivery: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to send spaceship to the Moon

Founder Chairman CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils his space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington

Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024.

A larger version of Blue Moon is also being proposed to carry an ascent vehicle, likely designed by another company, which would allow American astronauts to return to the Moon by 2024, a goal set in late March Vice President Mike Pence.

"This is an incredible vehicle and it's going to the moon", Bezos said, according to CNN. Blue Origin has been working on the design for three years, said Bezos.

The model of the Blue Moon lander that Bezos revealed today is the version created to carry robotic and infrastructure payloads to the moon.

On Thursday the company is set to take a step further by outlining when it hopes to travel to the moon, an attempt to secure United States government funds for lunar missions, according to Reuters.




The vehicle will be capable of carrying scientific instruments, four self-driving rovers and a future pressurised vehicle for humans.

At an invite-only press event in Washington, D.C., Bezos announced a massive vision for the future in which "Earth is zoned residential and light industry", with heavy industry and mining moving to space. The 11 successful test missions have all been uncrewed, but Bezos pledges to launch humans by the end of the year.

While Bezos is angling to become a leading player in space exploration and win business from the US government, he has been the target of repeated criticism from President Donald Trump, who has referred to him as Jeff "Bozo". Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides against the news media. Trump in 2017 made a return to the moon a high priority for the US space program, saying a mission to put astronauts back on the lunar surface would establish a foundation for an eventual journey to put humans on Mars. To date, the company has only been able to launch a reusable suborbital rocket (for a quick up and down dip into space) called New Shepherd. Bezos is likely to frame his strategy to align with that timeline in a bid to attract funds from the U.S. space agency, one of the people said. The crater receives nearly no direct sunlight and could possibly be used to mine organic compounds to turn into fuel.

His announcement came about two months before the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and he began his presentation with video of that event.

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