Blue Origin new moon lander plans to take human to moon by 2024
What if your next vacation was on the moon? Crazy though, right? Well, Blue Origin has just announced its moon lander that is expected to ferry humans to the moon. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is the founder of this non-profit company. This new lander can carry up to 3.6 metric tons to the lunar surface. The company has also designed another variant that can carry up to 6.5-metric-tons of supplies.
The company also assured investors that it could fulfill the current US government’s goal of sending Americans to the moon by 2024. The company will first test the lander without astronauts before sending humans to space.
The Blue Moon Origin lander is powered by a BE-7 engine. It is specially designed for large lunar payload transport and the company says that the engine will be available for sale to other companies for similar space applications. The propellants in the engine are made up of a combination of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. To ensure that it lands smoothly on the moon, the spacecraft is capable of a precise and soft landing using sensors that use machine learning to plot its descent.
The BE-7 will be tested for the first time this summer. Blue Origin owns other engines, including the BE-3 and BE-4.
This moon lander can accommodate various types of payloads. It can also deploy payloads during its journey to the moon. This makes it a multi-purpose vehicle that can accomplish various in low gravity. The lander can deliver payloads to the lunar surface, host payloads and even deploy payloads during its journey to the Moon.