Blue Origin will test fire the BE-7 rocket engine for the first time later this summer. It's often forgotten, but Blue Origin demonstrated that a rocket could be reused before SpaceX. A larger variant of the lander, now in development, can land an ascent vehicle which will allow the company to send humans to the moon and bring them back by 2024. "The larger variant of Blue Moon has been created to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024".
Bezos called the moon 'a gift, ' saying that it is a good spot for humanity to start manufacturing in space.
"It's an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon", the Amazon founder declared. "We're going to leave it, and it's going to make this planet better", Mr Bezos told GeekWire.
But Bezos, who rarely speaks about the projects at Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000 and finances with more than $1 billion per year, clearly suggested he wants to help Nasa.
In the last couple of years, the Trump administration has revived plans to send astronauts back to the moon, and NASA last year announced a road map that included turning to commercial companies for sending experiments and cargo to the lunar surface. When he graduated in 1982 as a valedictorian of Miami Palmetto High School, Bezos said he wanted to build space colonies with his final objective "to get all people off the Earth and see it turned into a huge national park", CNBC.com reports.
Bezos spoke of the importance of future human colonization of space and mentioned two important issues: reducing launch costs and using resources already in space.
Privately held Blue Origin, based in Kent, Washington, is developing its New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a heavy-lift launch rocket called New Glenn for satellite launch contracts.
The New Shepard rocket first reached space previous year, achieving a height of 66 miles (106 kilometers) in April 2018. That passion continued in the early 1970s with our continued exploration of our Moon, and was renewed by the Shuttle Program. NASA is also asking for ideas from companies for astronaut-carrying landers. SpaceX past year announced plans to send a Japanese businessman around the moon in 2023.
With NASA, the European Space Agency and others aiming to go to the moon, government business could provide a boon to companies hoping to set up shop there, but how well they will do is still speculative.