The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos wants to land on the Moon’s the South Pole. The head of space company Blue Origin, Jeff announced his intent to join the Moon race with a high-tech lander which can carry vehicles and equipment.
Blue Origin high-tech lander is still in production, and it will weigh more than three metric tons empty, and carry 3.6 to 6.5 tons. Although Bezos didn’t announce any specific date for the project’s launch, it was later confirmed by Blue Origin that they could achieve Trump’s goal of sending people to the Moon by 2024.
Bezos wants to particularly land on the south pole because ice deposits were confirmed in 2018. He wants to exploit it to produce hydrogen and so on.
Bezos agrees that they haven’t started on anything including the powerful Space Launch System (SLS), components, equipment used by an astronaut, the lander and even the rover.
However, Bezos fund Blue origin with more than $1 billion, and he suggested that he wants to help NASA.
While unveiling the lander, Bezos explained his broader vision of building an infrastructure which will help humans establishing a colony in space for humans in the future and then shift all the polluting industries to Moon.
This is inspired by late physicist Gerard K. O’Neill, who is one of Bezos’s heroes. Gerard proposed the construction of an artificial world in space to give humanity an escape in case something happens on Earth.
Currently, Blue Origin is working on two rockets, first being “New Shepard”, which is a suborbital rocket which will send tourists to mars. Bezos confirmed that New Shepard would fly its first journey this year.
New Glenn, heavy lift reusable launch rocket is aiming to fly to space in 2021.