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Amazon boss wants to ship “several tons” of cargo to the Moon

by on08 October 2018

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos’s pet aerospace exploration project is planning to send “several metric tons” of unspecified cargo to the Moon in the next five years.

The project dubbed "blue moon" is part of Bezo's "Blue Origin" work. Bezos said he has signed a letter of intent with German aerospace companies OHB Space Systems and Security and MT Aerospace at the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Germany on Tuesday. The OHB SE dubbed the lunar project the “Blue Moon” mission in a press release.

It’s not clear exactly what cargo the Blue Moon mission would transport, but it likely includes infrastructure designed to start private business on the Moon: The IAC also detailed the launch of the “Moon Race”, a competition between Blue Origin, Airbus Air and Space, and other space agencies around the world to develop technology that will bring companies around the world to the Moon.

According to a press release, the competition could involve manufacturing products and technology, manufacturing energy sources for humans to survive, getting access to water and sustaining biological life, such as plant or agricultural life—all on the Moon.

Blue Origin said in a press release that both the Blue Moon mission and Moon Race are in line with its goal to “land large payloads on the Moon that can access and use the resources found there.”

The risk is of course that the package could get lost in transit and there will be no effective way to track it.


Last modified on 08 October 2018
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