The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, Head of Amazon and the site company Blue OriginHe revealed on Thursday a moon landing vehicle project that he wanted to deploy to transport material and perhaps humans to the southern pole of the moon by 2024.
"This is Blue Moon"He told a press conference in Washington, when the curtains discovered the enormous model of a moon-length capsule capable of transporting 3.6 tons of material, and up to 6.5 tons in a heavier version.
"There's an incredible vehicle and it'll go to the moon", He added.
This model is designed for the last three years, said Bezos. He will be able to lead scientific instruments, four small robbers, as well as a future pressurized vehicle for humans, he said.
The objective is to land in the southern pole of the moon, an area where there is water. This can be expended to produce HydrogenThat would then serve as fuel to explore the solar system.
Bezos did not provide this vehicle's first launch data, but said it would be ready to meet this goal through the administration of Donald Trump It plans to send humans to the moon by 2024.
"We can help meet this deadline, but only because we started three years ago," said executive director of Amazon. "It's time to return to the moon, but this time to stay there", He said.
The return to the Moon in 2024, announced by the White House, plunged NASA Has been active since the end of March since the mission was originally scheduled for 2028.
Nothing is Ready: Not the Strong Rocket (SLS) that had to transport the vehicles and the astronauts, or the foundations of the future mini station in Lunar Orbit, which would serve as a relay point between Earth And those LunaAnd the vehicle to land and those robbers who need astronauts, among them the first woman to step on the earth's natural satellite.
But bezos, who spoke little of the development of his company Blue OriginFounded in 2000, and financed more than a billion dollars a year, clear that it will help NASA.
The presentation of the Thursday was preceded by a long monologue about his passion for space. He described the futuristic site colonies imagined by the late physicist Gerard O'Neill, artificial worlds that could provide mankind with the escape of land with limited resources.
"The work of my generation is to build infrastructure"Said bezos. "We will build a great deal," he added.
He confirmed that Blue Origin's big rocket, New Glen, would be ready in 2021. It will offer "a drastic cut in launch costs," he promised.
The other Blue Origin project is the small rocket New ShepardFor short trips of about 10 minutes, just over the limit of the site (100 km altitude), the destination was "tourists".
The rocket, which has passed eleven tests without crew Texas, Will lead humans for the first time this year, confirmed on Thursday.