In 2018, Elon Musk’s SpaceX shot a Tesla roadster into space with a dummy astronaut named Starman behind the wheel.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says, “Hold my beer.”
On Thursday, he unveiled his Blue Origin space company’s lunar lander, which could eventually land humans on the surface of the moon.
In showing off his moon-destinated vehicle, the stage is set for two of the wealthiest tech gurus in the world to compete with each other out of the world.
I love the new phenomenon of mega-billionaires racing into space. #capitalism
— Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees) May 10, 2019
Blue Origin Sets Ambitious Goal
Bezos discussed his Blue Origin’s mission during a special presentation. He told those who’d gathered that there was no better place to begin manufacturing in space than the moon due to its lower gravity than the Earth.
“We were given a gift — this nearby body called the moon.”
He added, according to CNBC, that getting resources from the moon “takes 24 times less energy to get it off the surface compared to the Earth and that is a huge lever.”
Since its creation, Blue Origin’s execs have kept the details of what’s it has been working on close to the vest. According to CNBC, Blue Origin has been working on multiple space systems, including rockets. Bezos invests more than $1 billion in the company each year, through sales of his Amazon shares, the business news outlet reported.
For the last 19 years Jeff Bezos has bankrolled his space company, Blue Origin, almost entirely out of pocket and has made his goal of colonizing the moon known.
Today, he unveiled a mock-up of Blue Origin’s lunar lander. https://t.co/jc06Bn3Iyg
— WIRED (@WIRED) May 9, 2019
As reported by The Verge, the Blue Moon lander will be able to navigate space autonomously. The lander is capable of carrying up to four large rovers similar to those NASA landed on Mars. At the same time, the capsule can take off from the lander and eventually carry people away from the surface of the Moon,…