Enlarge / Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon (far left), listens during a technology summit with then President-elect Trump in December, 2016. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Until the last year, Jeff Bezos has kept the plans for his rocket company, Blue Origin, largely under wraps.
Since then, he has talked about doing suborbital space tourism flights, building an orbital rocket, and now he has begun to open up about ambitions beyond low Earth orbit.
And unlike SpaceX and its Mars ambitions, Blue Origin has its focus on the Moon.
The Washington Post first reported on the “Blue Moon” concept Thursday evening, which Bezos has articulated in a seven-page white paper sent to NASA leadership and President Trump’s transition officials over the last two months.
The proposal outlines a plan to build a lunar spacecraft and lander to deliver supplies to the South Pole of the Moon, where scientists believe there are abundant ice resources and almost continuous solar energy.
Later Thursday night, during an awards event hosted by Aviation Week, Bezos explained the philosophy behind this idea. “We are hoping to partner with NASA on a program called Blue Moon where we would provide a cargo-delivery service to the surface of the Moon, with the intent over time of building a permanently inhabited human settlement on the Moon,” he said. “It’s time for America to go back to the Moon and this time to stay. We can do it.
It’s a difficult but worthy objective.”
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