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Blue Origin Plans to Deliver Several Tons of Cargo to the Moon's Surface

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-10-04 20:33:31
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Jeff Bezos Is Planning to Ship 'Several Metric Tons of Cargo' to the Moon [vice.com]

Blue Origin, described by Bezos as [cnbc.com] "the most important work I'm doing," 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 [www.ohb.de]. 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 [agorize.com], 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 lifeā€”all on the Moon.

Also at Space.com [space.com].

Related: Blue Origin to Compete to Launch U.S. Military Payloads [soylentnews.org]
NASA Administrator Ponders the Fate of SLS in Interview [soylentnews.org] (Blue Origin targets Moon landing by 2023)
SpaceX Reveals Plan to Fly Yusaku Maezawa and Artists "Around the Moon" in a BFR [soylentnews.org]
Blue Origin Wins Contract to Supply United Launch Alliance With BE-4 Rocket Engines [soylentnews.org]


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